How Donbas And Georgia De-Mine Their Conflict Zones
16 April, 2018

Most negative effects of war are obvious: destruction, death tolls, and displacement. But apart from short-term effects, wars also bring some long-lasting problems that may take decades to eliminate.

Take Georgia. After war Russo-Georgian war in 2008, more than a dozen villages in Shida Kartli region needed to be de-mined. International mine-clearing organization Halo Trust has been undertaking operations there for a decade now. More than 3,600 munitions have been destroyed during this time. The organization hopes to finish its de-mining operation within the next year.

Ukraine, however, is now also facing the challenge of de-mining the country’s east, which experts say will take 40 years to complete. 

Earlier this month, a family of four from Pishchane village in the Luhansk region has been killed after their car drove over an anti-tank missile. Hromadske previously reported on the family's life on the frontline.

READ MORE: Life In An Isolated Village On Ukraine’s Front Line

To see what Ukraine is doing to de-mine Donbas, Hromadske traveled to a frontline village close to Debaltseve where one of the biggest battles of 2015 took place.