They Survived Russian Occupation, Then Got Hit by Explosives Left Behind


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(Washington Post) — IZYUM, Ukraine — The day Russian forces withdrew from her Ukrainian town, 69-year-old Lyudmila Ivanenka rushed outside to see which way they were headed.

But her celebration over their unexpected retreat was cut short when, on her walk home, she stepped on an explosive she believes the troops scattered on their way out: a land mine. The blast ripped off her right foot and badly injured her arm.

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Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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