How Ukrainian Civilians Are Taking Part in Demining


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(hromadske) Vitalii Varnavskyi, a former builder from Kharkiv, now works in humanitarian demining, motivated by the loss of friends to mines. He painstakingly searches for mines, centimeter by centimeter, in fields overrun with explosives. Deminers like Vitalii can clear about 20 square meters a day, highlighting the immense challenge of demining Ukraine.

Despite the physical and mental strain, Vitalii finds the work fulfilling, knowing it makes the land safer. Valeriia Kotenko, a former manicurist, also joined demining, operating a robocar to clear vegetation. Both emphasize the critical need for more deminers due to the dense minefields and slow progress. They find deep purpose in their new roles, seeing it as essential for their community's safety and future.

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Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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