The withdrawal of the Russian army does not end the problems of the inhabitants of the liberated Ukrainian towns and villages. CNN reporter Ivan Watson visited a Ukrainian farmer who is digging mines from his fields with his own hands. It’s extremely dangerous, but a man has to do it to sow his crops. The lack of Ukrainian crops means more expensive food around the world.
CNN reporter Ivan Watson visited Ukrainian farmer Alexander Hawryliuk, who lives in an area where war was fought last year. Though the two warring armies had long since left the area, they left behind a mortal danger lurking just below the surface of the earth. The Ukrainian fields, famous for their fertility, are littered with craters and the remnants of unexploded rockets.
“Alexander brought me here to see something that is, to put it mildly, disturbing. There are maybe ten anti-tank mines on this side of the road,” a CNN reporter said. – There are more mines on this side of the road. One, two, three, four, five anti-tank mines on the roadside, he reported.
Alexander, 69, said he dug it up himself and moved it there. He said he had to sow the fields before spring came. For now, he can’t do it because of the mines lying on the fields. Some he tracked down with a simple metal detector and dug up himself. He admitted he was terrified, but he had to clear the land.
Expert: digging such mines is extremely dangerous
Mines are used by both the Russian and Ukrainian armies. Some loads can destroy even forty-ton tanks.
“Digging these mines is extremely dangerous, and they often have mechanisms designed to kill or harm the person digging the mine,” Mairi Cunningham of the HALO Trust, a mine clearing organization, told CNN.
She added that she was terrified of the variety of explosives dumped in Ukraine. “It’s anti-tank mines, anti-personnel mines, fragmentation charges, rope-launched grenade traps and cluster munitions,” she said.
According to the Ukrainian army, a third of the country is covered with explosives. Clearing the area of them is a slow and dangerous process. Besides, the war is still going on, which means more explosives are added every day.
Sowing fields in Ukraine and rising food prices
Alexander told a CNN reporter that his entire crop was lost last year because of the Russian attack. In the fighting, he lost his office, silos and equipment worth millions of zlotys.
Every day there are also reports of farmers who have suffered while planting grain. Alexander said that the most important thing for him was to sow the fields.
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