Ukrainian army recaptures village in “gray zone” near Volnovakha (photos)


Villagers left their homes several years ago as Russian-backed forces terrorized the local population.

The Ukrainian army carried out a special operation in the village / Photo by the NGO Back and Alive

The Ukrainian Joint Forces took over an uninhabited village in the “gray zone” near the town of Volnovakha, in the Donetsk region.

Ukrainian troops advanced 1.2 km as part of a special operation, NGO Back and Alive said on Facebook on October 10.

“The village where there were 80 inhabitants before the war is located in the so-called ‘gray zone’,” he said.

Despite an agreed ceasefire, Russian hybrid military forces used the village as a base to open fire on Ukrainian positions.

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Residents left the village several years ago as Russian-backed terrorists terrorized the local population and then looted their destroyed homes.

The village has become a minefield. Russian-made PMN-2 anti-personnel mines, prohibited by the Geneva Convention, were laid there.

“Judging by the way they were ‘arranged’ they were planted by professional military personnel,” he said.

Russian-made dry rations with labels showing the location of production facilities, for example, Perm and Moscow, as well as ammunition remnants of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation with erased markings were found in the “area gray, ”he said.


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