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Between 2015 and 2022, FSD has carried out demining and risk education activities in the Donbas region. Since May 2022, the organisation prepares the deployment of demining teams in the region of Chernihiv.

Training of FSD staff

While the need for demining is considerable, two of our national staff have just completed specialised training to reinforce our workforce (Kosovo, 2022)

FSD prepares the deployment of rapid response demining units (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 will be deployed. 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 during online sessions involving school children.

Centimetres after centimentres

In 2021, our deminers have cleared 8.5 km², an area equivalent to half of Geneva. This work requires constant concentration despite the sometimes extreme working conditions.

We can’t afford to wait; every hour of delay in demining operations can cost someone their life.

Olena Kryvova

Deputy Programme Manager for Ukraine

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News from Ukraine

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Help us protect civilians in Ukraine

As the armed conflict is ongoing throughout the country, FSD continues its humanitarian work. Every contribution, regardless of the amount, helps save lives.

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training in kosovo

“I want to use the skills and knowledge I gained during the course to support my country, to make my country safe.” Kateryna Grybinichenko works for FSD as a Team Leader of a non-technical survey team. […]
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Humanitarian relief

In Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, schools have been turned into reception centres. FSD provided these shelters with 114 kilos of onions, 330 kilos of potatoes and other basic foodstuffs such as rice, wheat, maize, wheat flour and wheat flour. […]

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Mine clearance

FSD deminers work 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.

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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.

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Risk education

FSD teams conduct online and face-to-face campaigns to educate people, especially the youngest, of the dangers of mines and unexploded ordnance.

More than 170,000 children now know what to do if they are confronted with a grenade, a mortar shell or an antipersonnel mine.

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FSD in Ukraine

FSD’s involvement in Ukraine dates back to early 2015. The aim is then to minimise civilian casualties by teaching people how to “live” with mines and unexploded ordnance in relative safety until all contaminated areas are cleared.

In addition, in order to increase the number of people educated of the risks of explosive ordnance, FSD started an online risk education campaigns through social networks.

In 2017, FSD started a demining programme to locate and destroy mines and unexploded ordnance. To date, FSD deminers have located and cleared almost 5 million square metres of land.

In late 2019, a new project was launched to increase access to education in conflict areas. When FSD staff visited schools and kindergartens for their mine risk education missions, they saw the extent of destruction of schools 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 and kindergartens along the frontline and began the rehabilitation of damaged facilities.

In 2022, as the fighting intensified and spread throughout the country, FSD activities were reoriented to better support the population.

Our activities

Our humanitarian programmes focus on four main areas.

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Mine action

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

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Recovery & stability

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

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Environment

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic pollutants inherited from the past and act to promote biodiversity and resilience to face climate change. 

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Innovation & technology

FSD collaborates on research projects aiming to put new technologies, such as drones, at the service of mine action.

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