Illegal amber miners detained with arms, armored hardware in Rivne region (Photos)
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reports that Ukraine's National Police conducted a special operation on Wednesday morning to detain illegal amber producers in Rivne region, during which weapons and an armored multi-purpose tracked vehicle were seized.
"A few days ago, when the Dnipro 1 special forces unit was monitoring the most remote swamps in a nature reserve, using unmanned aerial vehicles, illegal 'Klondike amber miners' were discovered," he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
"The drones then came under fire. Two of the three were downed….this is not the front line. Footage showed many armed people and a terrible landscape of devastated wildlife in the nature reserve and ... armored hardware," he wrote.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the special forces reached the far islands, with their foul marshes in the Rivne Natural Reserve in Rivne region's Rokytne district, and detained the illegal miners, who resisted the special security force. One multi-purpose armored vehicle was seized and several individuals were detained, Avakov said.