Over 5,600 acres of forests on fire in Kharkiv Oblast, mostly due to Russian shelling

Eighteen forest fires have been recorded in Kharkiv Oblast on May 28, most of which were caused by Russian shelling, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES).

Authorities stated that the total wooded area on fire is over 5,600 acres. Firefighters have managed to contain nine forest fires, covering an area of 348 acres.

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The SES noted that efforts to extinguish fires in front-line areas are obstructed by ongoing Russian attacks. In addition, much of Kharkiv Oblast forests are mined and littered with unexploded ordnance.

"Working under these conditions is exceptionally difficult and dangerous, but our responders are acting heroically to save our forests from the fire," the SES said in a statement.

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Currently, 118 SES personnel and 28 items of heavy equipment are actively working in the forests of the region. Sappers and medics have also been dispatched to the area.

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