Russians blown up by their own mines after a prank call from Ukrainians led them to a booby-trapped house

A group of Russian troops were blown up by their own mines after responding to a prank call from Ukrainians that led them to a booby-trapped house, officials claimed.

Soldiers patrolling Mariupol received reports that Azov militants were hiding in a house on the outskirts of the city, the Mariupol mayor’s office said via Telegram.

The troops rushed to the house, hoping to find the paramilitary fighters whose comrades fiercely defended the city and its steel mills early in the war, before being captured by Putin’s forces.

But the naive Russians arrived at the compound, no enemy soldiers to be found, with pro-Ukrainian partisans behind the fake call.

They were then blown up by mines laid by their own soldiers who had been forgotten but discovered by Ukrainians who then used them to their advantage.

A group of Russian troops were blown up by their own mines after responding to a prank call from Ukrainians (pictured: Ukrainian soldiers firing a Polish 155mm Krab self-propelled howitzer in Donetsk).

A group of Russian troops were blown up by their own mines after responding to a prank call from Ukrainians (pictured: Ukrainian soldiers firing a Polish 155mm Krab self-propelled howitzer in Donetsk).

According to the mayor’s office, one soldier was killed and another lost his leg and remains in a hospital in Donetsk after the attack early yesterday morning.

It marks a rare victory for Ukraine in Mariupol, which was captured by Russians and subjected to devastating bombardments throughout the war, forcing its residents to hide underground for months without food, water or electricity.

Elsewhere, at least four people were killed today when Russian shelling hit the center of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, the regional governor said.

“The Russian occupiers shelled the central districts of Kharkiv,” Oleg Synegubov said on Telegram, naming four dead and another four wounded and warning residents to “stay in the shelters.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged Russian troops to flee for their lives as his forces launched their offensive, although Russia said the attack had failed.

A woman walks past a damaged administrative building in central Kharkiv after being hit by a Russian missile

A woman walks past a damaged administrative building in central Kharkiv after being hit by a Russian missile

In his late-night address late Monday, he promised Ukrainian troops would chase the Russian army “to the border.”

“If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,’ he said.

“Ukraine is taking back its own,” said Zelenskyy.

Commenting on the offensive in the Kherson region, Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior adviser to Zelenskyi, said the Russian defenses were “broken through within hours”.

Ukrainian forces shelled ferries used by Russia to supply a territorial area on the west bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region, he added.

Britain’s MoD said Ukrainian forces had increased artillery fire in the south and their long-range precision strikes were disrupting Russian supplies.

Firefighters extinguish a fire following a Russian attack that severely damaged a building in Sloviansk

Firefighters extinguish a fire following a Russian attack that severely damaged a building in Sloviansk

Ukraine’s public broadcaster Suspilne reported explosions in the Kherson area on Tuesday, and residents of the city reported shots and explosions in social media posts, but said it was not clear who fired.

Ukraine’s military general staff reported clashes in various parts of the country in an early Tuesday update, but gave no information on the Kherson offensive.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian troops attempted an offensive in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions but suffered significant casualties, the RIA news agency reported.

“The opponent’s offensive attempt failed miserably,” it said.

But a Ukrainian rocket fire left the Russian-held town of Nova Kakhovka without water and electricity, officials with the Russian-appointed agency told RIA.

Reuters could not verify the battlefield reports.

Russian shelling of the port city of Mykolaiv, which has remained in Ukrainian hands despite repeated Russian shelling, has killed at least two people, wounded about 24 and destroyed homes, city officials and witnesses said Monday.

A Reuters correspondent reported that a family home next to a school was hit by a strike, killing a woman.

Oleksandr Shulga looks at his destroyed house after a rocket attack in Mykolaiv

Oleksandr Shulga looks at his destroyed house after a rocket attack in Mykolaiv

The property’s owner, Olexandr Shulga, said he had lived there all his life and his wife died when she was buried under rubble. “It hit and the shock wave came. It destroyed everything,’ he said.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, captured by Russian troops in March but still manned by Ukrainian personnel, has been a flashpoint in the conflict, with both sides sharing blame for shelling nearby.

Russian-installed authorities accused Ukrainian troops of firing two shells that detonated near a spent fuel storage building at the facility, the TASS news agency reported. There was initially no comment from the Ukrainian side.

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission is en route to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and is due to survey and assess damage later this week.

Led by IAEA chief Rafael Grossi, the mission will assess working conditions and review safety systems, the Vienna-based organization said.

It will also “perform urgent security measures,” a reference to the surveillance of nuclear materials.

A senior Russian diplomat said Moscow hopes the mission will dispel misconceptions about the allegedly poor state of the plant.

The Kremlin said the IAEA mission was “necessary” and urged the international community to urge Ukraine to ease military tensions at the facility. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the mission must do its work in a politically neutral manner.

The United Nations, United States and Ukraine have called for the removal of military equipment and personnel from the complex to ensure it is not a target.

The Kremlin ruled out giving up the site.

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Bradford Betz

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