Ukraine

Since 2015, FSD has been clearing mines and explosive ordnance in Ukraine, conducting surveys to identify contaminated areas and implementing risk education campaigns.

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WAR IN UKRAINE 2022

Our latest interventions in Ukraine

5 May 2022

While demining operations in the Donbass have been suspended since February 2022, FSD is preparing the for the deployment of rapid response demining teams in Ukraine in a province near Kyiv.

An assessment is currently being carried out to determine the most appropriate location for a new operational base and recruitment of deminers is underway.

Training will be conducted in June and rapid response demining teams, each including an international expert, two deminers, a medic and a driver. The teams will be active during the summer and autumn to clear mines and unexploded ordnance.

Two members of FSD’s Ukraine team are currently undergoing technical demining training in Kosovo to reinforce the organisation’s staff with specialised personnel.

Risk education campaigns about the danger of explosive ordnance continue to be carried out on social networks and now also online sessions involving school children.

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Previous interventions

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Our demining teams will be deployed as soon as the situation allows. In the meantime, we are providing emergency assistance to the population and continue prevention on social networks.

FSD in Ukraine

FSD’s involvement in Ukraine dates back to early 2015. The initial aim was to reduce the number of civilian casualties as much as possible by teaching residents how to behave safely in areas contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance. Today, in order to bring risk awareness to even more people, FSD is also rolling out online campaigns through social media.

In 2017, FSD commenced a demining program to locate and destroy mines and unexploded ordnance. Almost 5 million square meters of land have been surveyed and cleared to date and can now be used safely by the population. This has enabled the resumption of agricultural activities and access to infrastructure in these areas.‍

At the end of 2019, a new project was launched, aimed at strengthening access to education in the conflict area. While visiting schools and kindergartens during mine risk awareness missions, FSD staff witnessed the extent of the destructionof schools’ infrastructure and the devastating impact of the conflict on the daily lives of children.

Following a special appeal for donations, FSD was able to conduct a needs assessment in schools along the contact line and is taking steps to rebuild and refurbish damaged schools.

Mine action

Mine clearance

Since 2017, FSD deminers have been working to decontaminate areas where the fighting has stopped. Mines and unexploded ordnance are excavated and neutralised to allow residents to move around safely and farmers to plant their crops.

Excavation of an explosive device, Ukraine

Mine action

Support to education

Many schools and kindergartens along the front line in the east of the country have been heavily damaged by shelling during the ongoing conflict.

FSD participates in their rehabilitation, so that all children can still have access to education and adequate school facilities despite the war.

Support to education, Ukraine

Mine action

Explosive ordnance risk education

FSD teams work in villages along the contact line in Eastern Ukraine to educate community members, especially the youngest and the elderly, of the dangers of landmines and unexploded ordnance. More than 160,000 children now know what to do if they are confronted with a grenade or an antipersonnel landmine.

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Our activities

Our humanitarian programs focus on four main areas. 

1-MINES

mine action

FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides explosive ordnance risk education and assists survivors of accidental explosions.

2-RELEVEMENT

recovery & stability

FSD supports ongoing peace processes in various countries and provides socio-economic support to communities.
3-PROTECTION-

Environmental protection

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic substances from the past, including obsolete pesticide stocks and mining waste.
4-INNOVATION-

innovation &
technology

FSD collaborates on research & innovation projects aiming to use new technologies, such as drones, in mine action.