Horror moment swimmer blows up after hitting ‘Russian sea mine’ near Odesa beach | The Sun

THIS is the horror moment a swimmer is blown up after reportedly hitting a Russian sea mine at a beach near the Ukrainian port town of Odesa.

The area had been closed off by local authorities as it had been mined by Russia.

It's not entirely clear at this stage what caused the explosion but police have launched an investigation.

Footage of the horror moment, shared by the Odesa Region Police, shows people running towards the water when there is a sudden explosion.

Graphic and distressing images then show what appear to be the bloody remains of the man, who has not been named, washed up on the shore, with police on the scene.

Odesa police released a statement on Saturday urging locals to "strictly follow the rules of martial low" that prohibited swimming at the popular beach.


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"Do not go to the coastal protection zone of the Black Sea, do not swim in the mined sea," they urged.

Police went on to explain: "Today, the neglect of safety rules by a family from Donetsk region has led to tragic consequences.

"While swimming in the sea in one of the villages of Odesa district, an explosion of an unknown object killed a 50-year-old man in front of his wife, son and friend.

"The latter miraculously did not suffer, because he went swimming with the victim."

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Cops said the "full circumstances of the incident" were still being established.

"Once again, a strict ban on visiting the coast and swimming in the sea are security measures that are life-threatening if neglected," the statement added.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation". Today marks the 110th day of the campaign.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 12th June, Russia had lost 32,150 personnel, 1,430 tanks, 3,484 armoured combat vehicles, 715 artillery systems, 226 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defence systems, 212 warplanes, 178 combat helicopters, 582 drones, 13 boats, 2,455 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 54 pieces of special equipment and 125 cruise missiles.

A huge fire is reportedly raging at a chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk as street-to-street fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces takes place in the city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russian attacks on the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk has turned them into "dead cities".

But he added that Ukrainian forces could still hold Sievierodonetsk despite being outnumbered.

An aide to President Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine is losing up to 200 troops a day.

President Zelenskyy has asked for additional weapons from Ukraine's allies to help push back the Russian forces.

The United Kingdom and the United States are sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of more attacks in Ukraine if the West sends long-range weapons.

President Putin has said that the West will not be able to wean itself off from Russian oil and gas for years. US officials have now also admitted that Russian profits on energy might even be higher than they were before the war started.

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Some 438 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

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