War in Ukraine: One-third of Ukrainian territory has been mined since Russian invasion

Euronews' Sasha Vakulina
Euronews' Sasha Vakulina Copyright Euronews
By Oleksandra Vakulina
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Russian forces are reportedly intensifying their efforts to mine the Robotyne-Verbove area in a bid to block Ukrainian troops on the front lines, away from the Zaporizhzhia region.

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Ukrainian authorities say almost a third of the country has been mined since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion last year, leaving six million people at risk of being killed or injured by land mines. 

According to the US-based think-tank Institute for the Study of War, Russian forces are now intensifying their efforts to mine the Robotyne-Verbove area in a bid to block Ukrainian troops on the front lines, away from the Zaporizhzhia region. 

Russian military bloggers claim that Russian troops are remining previously cleared areas on the Robotyne-Verbove line, south of Orikhiv, hoping to disrupt the movement of heavy Ukrainian cargo and equipment in the area. 

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