“In 2014, when the war in Donbas began, 700 hectares of our fields ended up in a ‘gray zone’. Shells were flying over those territories. Despite this, farmers risked everything to send machinery out into the fields, and in some cases that ended with death,” says Pavlo Tavolzhanskyi, a farmer from Donetsk.
Before the Russian aggression made itself known, he grew sunflowers, barley, corn and wheat on the fields of Donetsk oblast near Volnovakha. The last time Pavlo was in Donetsk on the 30th of May, 2014 - after that, he had to leave because of the war.
Since February 2022, this problem has become relevant not just for people around Donetsk and Luhansk. The Russian occupants are turning Ukrainian fields into minefields; back in spring, this is how they were trying to ruin the sowing season in Ukraine.
SES receives the largest amount of mine defusal requests from the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy oblasts. Effective demining largely depends on the equipment of specialized subdivisions of SES; this includes specialized pyrotechnical machinery, metal detectors, and vehicles for transporting personnel.
As of today, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine is in dire need of operative pyrotechnical vehicles, constructed on the foundation of 5 seat, off-road pickup trucks of the following types: MITSUBISHI L-200, TOYOTA Hilux, FORD Ranger, or NISSAN Navara. Such vehicles have a diesel engine, a 4x4 wheel system, and a winch. They can deliver a team of pyrotechnicians to the mission area, and would become reliable helpers in disarming enemy devices.