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Day 31: Bosphorus mines and Biden speech in Poland

Day 31: Bosphorus mines and Biden speech in Poland

The thirty-first day of the special operation in Ukraine was mentioned on social networks, noting alleged missile attacks on fuel bases in the Lviv region against the backdrop of a speech by US President Joe Biden in the Polish capital. Turkey also claims to have found two mines in the Bosphorus Strait, and the Russian Defense Ministry has warned that drifting mines will reach the territorial sea of ​​Romania and Bulgaria in a few days. Last Saturday, videos began to appear in the media and social networks about alleged attacks on fuel bases in Lviv, a fire was also visible on the video. The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that foreign mercenaries fighting for Ukraine are also being liquidated: up to 180 foreign “soldiers of fortune” were destroyed during an attack on the Yavorovsky military training ground in the Lvov region alone. As the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation noted, “there will be no mercy for mercenaries, wherever they are.”

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the opening of a sea humanitarian corridor for the exit of foreign ships from Ukraine, but Kyiv did not agree on it. The department says that the threat of shelling and high mine danger created by Kiev in its internal waters and territorial sea do not allow ships to safely leave the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny.Also on Saturday, the Star newspaper wrote that a mine-like movement is being observed near the Bosphorus. Then the Turkish military department reported on the measures being taken to neutralize the mine-like object in the Bosphorus, and Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the object found in the Bosphorus on Saturday morning was an outdated mine.

The strait was closed to the movement of ships, after the passage was resumed. Underwater defense teams of the Turkish Armed Forces have begun work on the territory in the Bosphorus Strait, where, according to preliminary data, a second mine was found. In turn, at a briefing on Saturday, the head of the National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, said that drifting mines could reach the territorial sea of ​​Romania in four days, and Bulgaria in 10 days. The FSB of Russia previously stated that the Ukrainian military, after the start of the Russian special operation, installed about 420 mines on the approaches to the ports of Odessa, Ochakov, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. The service did not rule out the possibility of the drift of derailed mines into the Bosphorus and further into the seas of the Mediterranean basin due to the current.