Russia is leaving a dangerous environment in its wake, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as invading forces retire from Kyiv, booby-trapping streets and civilian homes.
According to Ukraine’s president, the Russians are abandoning mines as they retreat; additional missile strikes have hit major cities.
“They are mining the entire territory,” Zelenskyy said in a video message late Friday. “They are mining homes, mining equipment, even the bodies of individuals who have been slaughtered.” Residents should wait until land mines have been cleared and the threat of more shelling has gone before returning to their normal life, he advised.
Retaking territory in the north required skillful maneuvering by Ukrainian troops. Fearing they were boobytrapped, they hooked wires to the bodies of people to drag them off the street and laid red rags over unexploded munitions remains.
As the two countries started negotiations on Friday, some Russian military continued to withdraw from Kyiv, despite Ukrainian and Western officials warning that the move is unlikely to mark the end of the war. They have stated that Russian forces are most likely resupplying.
According to a story in The New York Times, the Biden administration plans to cooperate with allies to deliver Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine to aid its defense in the eastern Donbas region.
“This decision reaffirms the US commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of the valiant efforts to wage the war of Russian choosing,” Defense Secretary John Kirby stated.
The allegation was confirmed by CNN, which cited unnamed officials as saying the T-72 tanks will be delivered in “days, not weeks.”
The move was sought by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to the article, who held an hour-long phone discussion with President Joe Biden this week.
According to the New York Times, the United States would function as a middleman. The tanks, according to the official, will enable Ukraine forces to launch long-range artillery strikes on Russian positions in the Donbas region, which borders Russia.