Curfews have been announced in the vicinity of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, due to looting, a senior Ukrainian official said Thursday, adding that the presence of mines and unexploded ordnance remained a problem in areas recently wrested from Russian control.
"A curfew for seven days is imposed in a number of settlements of Bucha district ... this is done for only two reasons," said Vadym Denysenko, adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister.
"The first is demining. The second is really to avoid looting, because looters are appearing in these areas. Of course, the police alone will not be able to cope.
"That is why we are working here with the Territorial Defense, local authorities and local residents who have remained in these areas."
An official statement from the Kyiv region's military governor announced a stricter curfew in Hostomel, near Bucha, ending at 6 a.m. local time on April 14.
Denysenko suggested that the Ukrainian government faces a staggering task to collect and dispose of mines and unexploded ordnance.
"In the Kyiv region alone, more than 1,500 explosive devices were demined yesterday," he said.
"That is only in Kyiv region. And we are talking about Kyiv region, Chernihiv region, Sumy region -- all the territories that we managed to liberate."