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Bulgaria destroys mines on the Black Sea coast

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Sophia — Late Thursday, Bulgarian troops carried out a controlled explosion of Soviet-era mines drifting near the country's Black Sea coast, the Pentagon said Friday.

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Black Sea countries began to report the emergence of such mines floating in the sea. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for planting them.

The Pentagon said the mine was first noticed on a motor ship about 27 nautical miles east of the mouth of the Kamchiya River.

"Military experts classify this mine as a fixed" YaM "type placed in combat position. The mine was destroyed in a controlled explosion carried out by a group of divers, "said the statement.

The Black Sea is the main transport artery for grains, petroleum and petroleum products. (Report by Tsvetelia Tsolova, edited by Andrew Osborn)