This missile has a view soviet propertyIt is slender, heavy, several meters long and stranded quite deep, with only its tail visible, rooted in a large hole it created when it crashed into a meadow near a pond. The truck grumbles, grapples, wobbles and pulls the metal rope tied around it, but the metal container remains almost motionless in an effort to remove it. So much so that finally the head of this elite unit anti-explosive from KharkovArthur Silchenko arrives. So he looks for the rest of his unit, a tractor comes along, and after an hour’s maneuver in an open field in Bezludovka, a few kilometers south of Ukraine’s second largest city, does the metal thing fall off the ground?
The men then carefully pick it up, lay it in the meadow, check that there is no explosive left inside, open it and prepare to attack. scrapping. They discover that the missile is only holding its position. Situation, the ammunition crashed into a nearby forest. This is what needs to be checked. unit of antimines He has experience in this, that’s his job. In their expeditions they say that what they collected cluster bombs, anti-tank minesmissiles uragan Y graduates, among other weapons falling from the sky. a dangerous job Mortally “caused the deaths of three men in recent months” from Silchenko’s team. “It’s the hardest when we find a missile and it has ammunition in it. The operations must be done very carefully, without haste,” he explains.
“The most we find are fragments of Smerch missiles, Uragan, or usually the back of the missile or tube, but we’re finding more and more cluster munitions inside these missiles,” says another member of the team, Oleg Shevchyk. “We have not disabled anti-personnel mines at this time because they are currently in the line of fire.. But we collected anti-tank mines. When we find them, we cordon off the area, evacuate whoever is there, neutralize and destroy the ammunition,” he adds.
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In addition, cluster bombs are also very dangerous for the population, as Amnesty International (AI) has repeated in recent months. This organization, for example, condemned the use of cluster munitions against a children’s school in Okhtyrka in the Sumy region in February and the death of three people, including a child (another child was injured). “There is no possible justification for dropping cluster munitions in residential areas too close to a school,” added Agnès Callamard, the general secretary of AI, who used drone footage and photos of the crime scene for presence analysis.
In fact, more than a hundred States around the world have ratified the Convention to date. Cluster Weapons Conventionbut a lot Russia He did not sign this agreement like Ukraine and he owned them. Kyiv even denied its use in the war initiated by the pro-Russian uprising in the region. donbas in 2014, however Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims otherwise. According to this organization, there are indications that both the pro-Russian and Ukrainian government are using these weapons, which are lethal as they contain a device that, when opened, releases large numbers of small bombs over large areas. and the margin of error is high.
But of course, this is not the only weapon used in Ukraine and more may come. Various Western countries, including several European ones, have approved shipments in support of the Ukrainian Army in recent weeks. US President Joe Biden even promised an $800 million military aid package to the country, and Pentagon press officer John Kirby reported that Ukrainian soldiers were trained in howitzer use. M777 Howitzeras stated recently Defense News. Russia also used a variety of weapons that were lethal to civilians.
some ruins abandoned war trash war in ukraine In the suburbs of Kharkov they even fell into the neighbors’ gardens, as with Tatiana. This old woman says she was hiding in her house a few days ago when a big noise startled her. “It’s 10 o’clock, we didn’t see it, we heard it. At first we thought it was a dog, but then we realized it wasn’t. When the missiles fly, the dogs start barking,” she says. The men dig the ground to remove the piece of missile that is currently in the old woman’s garden. The work of these young people, aged 25 to 28, may even serve to document what is happening in Ukraine.