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The deminers clearing up Ukraine's Borodyanka

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STORY: The Russians may have gone but the war is not yet over in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka.

Fields outside the town are littered with unexploded ordnance.

Clearing them up is a dangerous job.

The ammunition can be unpredictable and can explode any minute.

But deminer Vladyslav Vilkul says someone has to do it.

“How do I say it? We’re afraid all the time, but you have to do the job. Because every ordnance and mine we take out is at least one saved life. We have to do it, it is our job, our duty.”

Located northwest of the Ukrainian capital, Borodyanka was bombarded by Russian shelling during their failed onslaught on Kyiv in the early stages of the invasion.

Russia, which calls its actions in Ukraine a "special military operation", denies targeting civilians.

Its forces withdrew from around Kyiv in March to refocus their efforts on Ukraine’s east.

Now demining crews carefully make their way through fields and woodland searching for unexploded ammunition.

The shells, missiles and mines they find are put deep into the ground before they are destroyed in controlled explosions.

And the deminers say there is a lot for them to clear.

“We destroy previously detected ordnance 2-3 times a week with controlled blasts. Today we destroyed around 700 rounds, which is equivalent to 1 tonne of TNT.”

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