Conflicts & War

Ukraine regains control of Sumy region, de-mining begins

Kyiv, Apr 8 (EFE).- The Ukrainian army now controls the entire Sumy region, the head of the area’s military administration said Friday on Telegram, while warning that the territory was not yet safe.

“If you hear explosions (and there have been many in recent days), it’s rescuers and explosives. They are neutralizing the ammunition left by the Russian military on our land,” Dmytro Zhyvytskyy assured residents.

But he also warned that “the territory of the region is NOT SAFE!”

“There are a lot of mined and unexplored areas. Do not drive on the roadsides and do not use forest roads. Do not approach destroyed equipment,” he said, adding: “I know it’s awful there, but it’s not time to clean up yet. First – de-mining.”

Zhyvytskyy said the damage is being assessed and repair works are being carried out in Konotop district, the last to be left by the Russians.

According to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform, reconstruction work is being carried out and communication is being restored in the most populated towns in the region.

The Russian army began its withdrawal on Feb. 4 from Sumy, a region that has been hit hard by Moscow’s troops since the invasion on Feb. 24. EFE


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