Ukrainian farmer drives on a landmine laid by Russians with a tractor

In a field north of Kiev, a Ukrainian farmer has died after driving his tractor on a landmine laid by the Russians.

That happened in the area where large Russian military units had previously moved to encircle the Ukrainian capital, but have since been withdrawn by Moscow.

On April 13, around 3 p.m., the Chernihiv region police received a report that a tractor with a trailer exploded after hitting a mine near the village of Nova Basan in the Donijin region, Poland's agricultural news site TPR reported.

Officers said a 42-year-old farmer was hauling trash with a tractor. The explosive ordnance disposal service was able to defuse a second mine.

Another Ukrainian farmer from the Kharkov area was more fortunate, who also drove an MTZ Belarus tractor on a mine at the end of March and exploded. The sturdy construction of that machine probably saved the life of the tractor driver. 

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said in response: “The occupiers left mines everywhere. In the houses they conquered, in the streets, in the fields. They deliberately did everything they could to make the return to this gebieden as dangerous as possible. As a result of the actions of the Russian army, our territory is currently one of the most mined gebieden in the world. I think this should also be seen as a war crime," Zelenskiy said.

The Russian army has deliberately left anti-personnel mines in many places in Ukraine, according to Ukrainian authorities. They now pose a great danger to the inhabitants of this country. An adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, Vadym Denisenko, estimated that the active demining period after the war will last at least several years.