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Thousands of WWII bombs found on sunken German ship

AFP · 3 Jun 2010, 13:46

Published: 03 Jun 2010 13:46 GMT+02:00

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The sunken barge was found off the coast of Russia's western Kaliningrad exclave, Maxim Vladimirov, deputy head of the fire department of the emergency situations ministry, told the RIA-Novosti news agency.

"Following the examination of the sunken German barge... the presence of explosives was confirmed. According to preliminary estimates, more than 10,000 war-era munitions are there," Vladimirov said.

The barge was found close to the town of Baltiisk 1.5 kilometres from shore, he said, adding that emergency services would begin demining the sunken ship this month in a process expected to last three years.

The announcement comes one day after a World War II-era bomb exploded in Göttingen, Germany, killing three members of a bomb disposal unit.

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Russia's Kaliningrad exclave, which borders Poland and Lithuania, was part of Germany until 1945 when it was captured by the advancing Red Army at the close of World War II.

Its German population fled or was expelled by the Soviets and the exclave is currently home to a major Russian naval base.

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18:10 June 3, 2010 by Biggseye
As they are German in origin, The Russian Government should seek payment from the German people for cleaning up the mess. Why should the Russian people pay the cost of cleaning up the German people created?
19:27 June 3, 2010 by Major B
The Soviets more that extracted their payments for WWII, in one way or another. That territory belongs to Russia now. If they want to entertain returning the territory to its rightful owner, that argument might have merit.
19:43 June 3, 2010 by derExDeutsche
where was the German 'Peace Flotilla' headed?
19:46 June 3, 2010 by Celeon
They sunk it, they clean it up. :-D
20:40 June 3, 2010 by Henckel
Perhaps Germany could clean up the mess in exchange for the return of the Kaliningrad enclave to German sovereignty? My ancestors were from Ostpreussen, and it was German from time immemorial (Tacitus mentioned the Aesti tribe there in his "Germania" in A.D. 98) until 1945.
07:08 June 4, 2010 by auniquecorn
Good Answer der ExDeutsche, I think it was taking the scenic route to Gaza.
08:33 June 4, 2010 by -GD-
Megaphonies are so predictable, so self-centered and so boring.

The best thing about them is that they're so blatant and transparent as well.

The world is seeing them for what they are, even if they are unable to see themselves.
10:32 June 4, 2010 by Celeon
@ Henckel

The Soviet Union offered Germany negotiations about Kaliningrad in 1990 during german reunification. Germany declined.

There was a article about that in Der Spiegel just a week ago. Documents about that recently resurfaced.

It seems they wanted to get rid of it because of Kaliningrad's economic situation. It was just another millstone around their neck.

But for Germany it would not had been much else and the costs for reunification were already high enough.
22:39 June 4, 2010 by wenddiver
Koenigsborg should be returned to Germany as it was illegally taken by the Russians.

According to the UN nations maitain control of their warships forever, noe days.

So Germany so let it sit until it goes off or the land is returned.

By the way the Germans did not leave, they were chased off by Communist rapist/murders called the Red Army.
12:19 June 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"By the way the Germans did not leave, they were chased off by Communist rapist/murders called the Red Army."

Who invaded WHOM again now?
20:35 June 5, 2010 by wenddiver

I believe Russia went into Poland as erly as the 1920s, into Finland after that.

I believe the Communists were not victims, but the other half of the agression against Poland (second time).

The Nazis (a political entity) and the Communists ( a Political entity) used their countries they had hijacked, to start a World War. The Soviets were survivors of not Victors in the Second World War.

If the Soviets had their way, they would have been standing on the Victory Podium in Berlin with Stalin and hitler taking the salute, the proud aethist owners of half the world. The Free world only became acceptable partners when Hitler decided to exterminate them.
00:57 August 26, 2010 by FLESTICLE
The degenerate Germans ought to have to clean up this mess themselves and redeposit the war materiel in the central square of Berlin.

Them wot gives orta lern howta take.
07:06 November 20, 2010 by abahelafeliak
It is quite clear, by many of the comments, that the escalators are not geting to the top floor!
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