In Ukraine, a Nasty Cleanup Job With No End in Sight


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(Who What Why) "Metal detector in hand, Trevor Kirton cautiously makes his way up a potholed dirt road outside the small village of Vasylenkove in eastern Ukraine. A couple hundred meters ahead, mangled metal and charred personal belongings are all that remain of a Ukrainian truck after it drove over a Russian antitank mine. According to locals, the vehicle’s occupants were killed instantly. There is one torn camouflage vest lying by the side of the road.

'Try and follow in my footsteps,' says Kirton, a former service member in the British army, as he crouches to examine a piece of shrapnel. On a hill overlooking the wreckage, a wall of flame is slowly creeping down towards the road, lending an apocalyptic atmosphere to this scene…"

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Published: Thursday, April 20, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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