FSD has been working in Ukraine since early 2015 to help prevent civilian casualties in the East of Ukraine. The Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk have seen continuing violence following the events of 2014, during which they declared independence and attempted to cede from Ukraine.  A de facto “contact line” dividing the Government and Non Government Controlled areas has now evolved in the region. Ukrainian armed forces and separatists from the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) are now regularly involved in exchanges of fire from conventinal rockets, mortars, artillery and small arms on a daily basis.

Civilians are regularly caught up in the violence; mine and unexploded ordnance related casualties are a continuing concern, particularly around the heavily fortified checkpoints, which control movement over the contact line.  FSD started operations in Ukraine in early 2015 with a small grant for mine risk education in conflict affected areas of the East of Ukraine; this was run from its operational headquarters in Slaviansk and supported from its administrative headquarters in Kiev.

FSD is an accredited mine action operator in Ukraine through a formal MoU with the government to conduct risk education, survey and mine action clearance and explosive ordnance disposal operations.  FSD has mine risk education teams and survey teams operating in both Donetsk and Luhansk and since early 2017 has a full mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal capacity which works closely with regional security forces to clear all explosive hazards from conflict affected areas.

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