MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. Russian army engineers have begun removing mines from roads and the forest belt of the Holy Mountains national park in the Donetsk People’s Republic, eliminating 126 explosives planted by Ukrainian nationalists, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
"Russian army engineer units have begun removing mines from roads and the forest belt of the Holy Mountains national park in the areas of the communities of Svyatogorsk, Yarovaya, Studenok and Sosnovoye in the Donetsk People’s Republic. In the past 24 hours, they have uncovered and eliminated 126 explosives of various types planted by Ukrainian nationalists, including 54 anti-personnel land mines," the spokesman said.
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman earlier reported that Ukrainian Neo-Nazis had deliberately set fire to the wooden All Saints monastery in Svyatogorsk and blown up a bridge across the Seversky Donets River. As local residents said, the wooden monastery was set ablaze by gunfire from a large-caliber machine-gun mounted on an armored vehicle. Monks and members of local territorial defense squads tried to put out the fire. However, the nationalists prevented them from doing that by opening gunfire. Ukraine’s military had over 300 nationalists killed in the Russian army’s liberation of Svyatogorsk.