Russian troops put mines at the reserve around an ancient cultural monument near the occupied Melitopol (southern Ukraine). In addition, the Russian military is digging trenches in villages near the reserve which is one of the oldest monuments of nature and history. Since 2006, the reserve has been a candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Stone Tomb is a natural formation, which reaches a height of 12 meters. It covers an area of 1.6 hectares and includes 3,000 tombs. Stone paintings can be found in the caves and grottoes, which date back to 5 thousand years BC.