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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Discovers World War II Mine

KIEV -- A World War II mine was discovered Thursday in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol as a U.S. Navy ship called for a visit, and efforts were under way to dispose of it safely, officials said.

The mine, weighing up to 500 kilograms and containing up to 50 kilograms of TNT, was found drifting in the water Wednesday near a local navy hospital on the shore, said Valery Strelets, spokesman for the local branch of Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry.

The report came as USS Forrest Sherman, called at the port to conduct drills with the Ukrainian navy. The U.S. destroyer was at a distance of some 500 meters from the mine when it was discovered, Strelets said.

He said the mine had been fixated to prevent it from floating and would be transported to a distance about two kilometers away from the shore, where it would be destroyed.

Nearby streets had been cordoned off, and all shipping will be ordered halted when the mine is destroyed, Strelets said.

Ukraine was the site of heavy fighting during World War II, and numerous unexploded shells, grenades and mines are discovered each year.