OREANDA-NEWS The counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) near Kherson could have failed due to “jumping mines” prepared by the Russian side, reports Life.

According to the surviving Ukrainian military, whose words are quoted by the authors of the material, the Russian Federation involved supposedly unknown weapons.

As a result of unsuccessful counteroffensives, the Armed Forces of Ukraine explain that the breakthrough attempts were predetermined. The reason is the "secret weapon", which was not accompanied by the characteristic roar of aviation and the sounds of artillery.

Sources from among military experts did not rule out that PTKM-1R mines turned out to be “unknown Russian weapons”. These mines have been produced since 2020 and they are called "jumping".

The mines are equipped with special sensors that detect the movements of armored vehicles, vehicles or people at a distance of up to 250 m, LIfe reports.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to conduct a military special operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the heads of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics.

The decision to conduct the operation was the reason for new sanctions against Russia by the United States and its allies.