Human Wrongs Watch

By Oksana Grytsenko in Toretsk, Ukraine*  

Ukraine is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, limiting freedom of movement and posing a serious threat to civilians crossing the contact line. |  Español   |  Français

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Tetiana Nikiforova, 37, works as a deminer with the HALO Trust in Ukraine. © UNHCR/Marta Iwanek

3 April 2019 (UNHCR)* — Sheltering in the basement of his family home in eastern Ukraine, Volodymyr Zayika, 71, was in the dark. Shelling had severed the electricity supply. Venturing out to check on some electrical wires, he felt his foot snag on a wire.

“There was a flash,” he recalls. “Something hissed on my right. Then there was a blast.”

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