WWII Mine Discovered In Ukraine's Black Sea Port As U.S. Navy Ship Visits

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine -- A World War II mine was discovered August 9 in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol as a U.S. Navy ship called for a visit, and efforts were under way to safely dispose of it, officials said.

Guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98)

The mine, weighing up to 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) and containing up to 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of TNT, was found drifting in the water August 8 near a local navy hospital on the shore, said Valery Strelets, spokesman for the local branch of Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry.

The report came as USS Forrest Sherman, called at the port to conduct drills with the Ukrainian navy.

The U.S. destroyer was at a distance of some 500 meters from the mine at the time when it was discovered, Strelets said.

He said the mine had been fixated to prevent it from floating, and would be transported to a distance about 1 mile (2 kilometers) away from the shore where it would be destroyed.

Nearby streets have been cordoned off, and all shipping will be ordered halted when the mine is destroyed, Strelets said.

Ukraine was the site of heavy fighting during World War II and numerous unexploded shells, grenades and mines are discovered each year.

Source: Kyiv Post