In July, volunteer animal shelter workers shared the story of a red dog named Lys (Ukr. “Fox”): back in the middle of April, after Russian soldiers had abandoned territories near Kyiv, the locals found a dog with injured paws in a garbage ditch. They wanted to rescue the animal, but noticed just in time that it was rigged to an explosive.
While retreating, occupants often leave behind explosives anywhere they can: inside abandoned buildings, courtyards, forests, bodies of water, or beside the road. As told by the State Special Communications Service, the primary targets for explosives are objects that may be of value to people: mobile phones, weapons or weapon components, medkits, food, children’s toys, and even the bodies of the deceased.
“Inside civilian homes, explosives were left next to day-to-day items - for example, inside washing machines or wardrobe closets. Tripwire grenades were set up in courtyards,” says Director of the pyrotechnical work organization department of SES, Serhiy Reva. The presence of danger, he explains, may be evidenced by little details such as fishing lines with hooks, or wires. Securing suspicious items is the job for professional sappers and pyrotechnicians. Metal detectors can help them in this task, as they can detect explosives up to 0.6m below the surface.
“A sapper without a metal detector is a soldier without a gun,” says Serhiy Reva. Even once specialized pyrotechnical machinery does its work on a certain territory, the quality of the finished job is checked with the help of metal detectors. On average, SES specialists isolate and defuse between 2000 and 6000 explosive objects daily. Compared to the times prior to the Russian invasion, these numbers have grown nearly tenfold.
In order to efficiently demine Ukrainian land, the pyrotechnical departments of SES require 400 Vallon-, Minelab- or Ebinger-type metal detectors. Help us purchase these modern devices, which can detect well-disguised, hidden mines and explosives under the earth’s surface.