Invisible Heroes: How Deminers in Ukraine Tackle Dangerous Fields on Liberated Lands


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(Euromaiden Press) Each day on the walk to their current worksite, Oleksandr Ponomarenko and his team from Halo Trust pass a tree with shreds of clothing hanging from its upper branches. The shreds are what remains of a jacket worn by a member of the State Emergency Service who was killed this past spring deactivating a landmine at the tree’s base.

For Ponomarenko and the demining team he supervises, this tree offers a grim reminder of what’s at stake for those working to clear the landmines and unexploded ordnance that have saturated large sections of Ukraine following Russia’s full-scale invasion.

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Published: Thursday, March 9, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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