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While the conflict between the central government in Kyiv and Russian-backed separatists simmers, the process of making frontline villages safe has begun. From Hromadske International.25 April 2018
Most negative effects of war are obvious: destruction, death tolls, and displacement. But apart from the short-term effects, wars also bring some long-lasting problems that may take decades to eliminate.
Take Georgia. After the Russo-Georgian war in 2008, more than a dozen villages in the Shida Kartli region in eastern Georgia needed to be de-mined. The international mine-clearing organization Halo Trust has been undertaking operations there for a decade now, helping to destroy more than 3,600 munitions in that period. 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 was killed after their car drove over an anti-tank missile. Hromadske previously reported on the family's life on the frontline.
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.
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