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Putin wages ‘economic terrorism’ in Ukraine through mining operation: official warns


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Russian President Vladimir Putin has carried out “economic terrorism” in Ukraine by filling its farmlands and Black Sea ports with explosive mines, an official working to demine Kyiv told Fox News.

“There are already more than 20 years of mining work in Ukraine and for every day of war an additional 30 days of mining work will be required,” Cameron Chill, CEO of drone company Draganfly Inc. (DPRO), told Fox News about his return from Kyiv.

Chill has been working with Ukraine’s emergency management services to deploy drones to efficiently detect buried mines left behind by Russian forces after they withdrew from areas surrounding Kyiv in late March.

Draganfly officials help Ukrainians detect landmines after Russian forces withdrew from Kyiv.
(Dragonfly Inc.)

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However, the drone expert said the location where Russian troops left the explosive devices speaks volumes about the war Putin is waging against his former Soviet neighbor.

“They showed us some fields that seemed to have no reason to bomb them. There wasn’t even any real action in the area, we were told,” Chill described. “The fact is that if you just go and inadvertently bomb acres and acres [of land] – that’s unusable.

“It becomes unusable, unproductive land, and it would seem that it is a kind of economic terrorism,” he added.

The war in Ukraine has dragged on for more than four months. In April, Russian officials said Moscow’s ambition in Ukraine was to gain “full control” over its eastern and southern regions, though Kremlin officials only made this announcement after failing to take Kyiv for the first time after a month of fighting

Officials on the ground have argued that this war is about more than retaking former Soviet territory: it is about crippling Kyiv.

A tractor at work in the Ukraine, which, together with Russia, made up 30% of world grain exports before the war.

A tractor at work in the Ukraine, which, together with Russia, made up 30% of world grain exports before the war.
(UN World Food Program)

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Chill said that the Ukrainians remain steadfast in their determination to defend against Russia’s offensive.

“There’s a very pragmatic approach of ‘Well, what does this really mean over the next year, three years, five years, 10 years,'” he said. “I didn’t meet anyone who had the expectation that this would be ready for Christmas.

“Morale is tough,” Chill added.

The number of landmines Russian forces deployed in Ukraine is unknown, but by mid-May the Ukrainian authorities had reported a whopping 80,000 mines and other explosive devices that had already been found, searched and deactivated.

“Ukraine is now by far the most heavily mined country in the world,” Chill said.

Draganfly officials help Ukrainians detect landmines after Russian forces withdrew from Kyiv.

Draganfly officials help Ukrainians detect landmines after Russian forces withdrew from Kyiv.
(Dragonfly Inc.)

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Draganfly’s drone technology cannot yet detect underwater mines, but its ability to find and record landmine locations is not only a safer method, but could speed up the mine clearance process by up to 40%.

Drone technology to help defuse mines is also being investigated, although the expert said the most effective way to eliminate the threat of underground explosives remains to train personnel to defuse bombs individually.



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