Ukrainian soldier has unexploded grenade surgically removed from chest

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A Ukrainian soldier recently underwent successful surgery to remove an unexploded grenade from his chest.

Surgeons in Kyiv removed the weapon from just beneath the heart of the injured serviceman, while two sappers (combat engineers) stood by to ensure the safety of doctors.

Hanna Maliar, Ukraine's deputy minister of defence, who shared images from an X-ray of the soldier's body on Tuesday, said: "Military doctors conducted an operation to remove a VOG grenade, which did not break, from the body of the soldier. It was removed in the presence of two sappers who were ensuring the safety of medical staff."

She added that the operation was carried out without electrocoagulation - which is commonly used to control bleeding - as the grenade could detonate at any time.

"The surgical intervention was successful and the injured serviceman was sent to further rehabilitation and recovery," Maliar concluded.