Ukrainian military doctors have removed an unexploded VOG grenade – at risk of exploding at any time – from the body of a serviceman, the country has said.
Ukraine's Strategic Communications Directorate shared an image on Twitter of Major General Andrii Verba, one of the Ukrainian military's most experienced surgeons, holding the grenade in bloody gloves after performing the operation.
They also tweeted an image of an x-ray taken appearing to show the grenade lodged in the serviceman's body - it is unclear how the grenade got there.
The grenade, usually fired from attachments on assault rifles, was removed as two Ukrainian sappers guarded the medical personnel – reportedly on hand to deactivate the grenade, if necessary.
The operation was also performed without electrocoagulation, a procedure that uses heat to destroy abnormal tissue and control bleeding during an operation.
The surgery was a success and the wounded man has been sent for rehabilitation and recovery.