Bomb disposal in Ukraine: ‘It will take years to clear’


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(Irish times) On most May mornings Volodymyr Khristoforov would be surveying fields near Kharkiv airport to see how his crops are faring as eastern Ukraine’s long winter gives way to mild spring.

“We’d usually be growing sunflowers or corn or alfalfa or radishes – all sorts of things,” the agronomist says from the cab of his pick-up truck. “But not this year.”

Since Russia invaded Ukraine 12 weeks ago – pouring troops and armour across a border that is just 35km from Kharkiv – the state emergency service has had to remove 10 rockets or their remains from the fertile “black earth” land that Khristoforov manages.

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Published: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2022

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