Odessa, mine explodes while bathing: three killed instantly, two injured

Odessa, mine explodes while bathing: three killed instantly, two injured

A mine exploded in the sea off the beach in Odessa, Ukraine, killing three and injuring two others. The tragedy was immortalized in a video published on Telegram, showing the dead bathers while diving in the resort of Zatoka, a place where millions of residents and tourists usually spend their summer holidays on the Black Sea.

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Odessa, mine explodes in the sea

Three victims were pulled out of the water “with no sign of life,” said Colonel Lyubov Hordievska of the Odessa police. Two others were hospitalized and their condition is unclear. “We would like to once again emphasize the dangers of swimming in the waters of the Odessa region,” added Hordievska. “It is dangerous and forbidden.”

Odessa Armed Forces closed the port city’s beaches in February over the threat of airstrikes from Russian forces, the Kyiv Post reported. Russian troops laid mines on the Black Sea coast in the first days of the invasion of Ukraine in February. At least five other people have been killed by the blasts in recent weeks.