Soccer Saves Lives: New U.S. Effort in Ukraine to Reduce Risk of Explosive Hazards


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(DipNote) Russia’s brutal and unprovoked February 24 further invasion of Ukraine has flooded communities in its eastern, central, and southern regions with deadly explosive hazards, including landmines, unexploded bombs and munitions, and improvised explosive devices.

These explosive remnants of war continue to kill and maim innocent Ukrainian civilians, while the threat they pose also blocks access to fertile farmland, delays reconstruction efforts, and prevents displaced families from returning to their homes. According to Government of Ukraine estimates, as much as 160,000 square kilometers of its land may be contaminated – an area roughly the size of Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut combined.

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Published: Friday, October 7, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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