Ukraine (bbabo.net), - Turkish media reported the day before, on February 14, that a drifting sea mine exploded in the Agva region on the Black Sea coast (a settlement and resort in the Şile region of Istanbul province). This incident was recorded as the first explosion of a naval mine on the Turkish coast in the Black Sea, writes the information and analytical portal Naval News (based in Paris, specializes in naval topics).
According to Turkish sources, a restaurant in the coastal zone of Agva was damaged by the explosion, but no one was injured. Officials have not yet made any statements about the incident.
Here you can see the recording from the surveillance camera, which shows a fragment of the explosion. Another recording captures the aftermath of what happened.
The mine threat in the Black Sea region first arose after an Estonian cargo ship sank off the coast of Odessa on March 3, 2022, hitting a mine. Two weeks after this incident, on March 18, the Russian coast station in Novorossiysk issued a Navtex navigational alert that some mines placed by the Ukrainian navy near the port of Odessa had detonated after external impact on them. Then it was indicated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine placed about 420 sea mines in the coastal waters of Odessa.
On the same day, the port of Sochi sent a warning to shipowners and captains of merchant ships in the region about the danger of explosions of Ukrainian sea mines drifting in the Black Sea.
Following a Russian alert, the Turkish station in Samsun issued its Navtex navigational alert, citing a mine hazard in the Black Sea area, Naval News notes.
As reported by bbabo.net, Romanian border police last month discovered another drifting sea mine near the beach area of the town of Sfintul Gheorghe.
On January 20, the head of the Ukrainian operational command "South", Major General Andrey Kovalchuk, spoke about strengthening the coastal territory of the Nikolaev and Odessa regions. According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to guard the coast, "leaving no chance" for the Russian army to land troops. At the same time, the Ukrainian commander spoke about minefields exposed in the Black Sea.