Ukrainian women train to clear landmines strewn during war

PEJA, Kosovo

Learning to identify and defuse explosives is something Anastasiia Minchukova never imagined she would have to do as an English teacher in Ukraine. But there she wore a face shield armed with a landmine detector and ventured into a field littered with danger warnings.

Russia’s war in Ukraine brought Minchukova, 20, and five other women to Kosovo, where they take a hands-on course in clearing landmines and other dangers that may remain hidden in their country once the fighting ends.

“There is a huge demand for people who know how to clear mines because the war will be over soon,” Minchukova said. “We believe there is still a lot of work to be done.”

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