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Man who used tractor to clear mines killed in blast in Kherson Oblast

Monday, 2 October 2023, 16:54
Man who used tractor to clear mines killed in blast in Kherson Oblast
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A man from Mykolaiv Oblast who had been hired to clear mines by a landowner in Kherson Oblast was killed when a mine exploded.

Source: Kherson Oblast Military Administration 

Quote: "The owner of a farm verbally agreed with some people from Mykolaiv Oblast that they would clear the mines from his fields [in the settlement of Chkalove – ed]. The hired ‘experts’ did not hold [mine clearance] licences.


They used the customer's tractor for demining. They merely added a makeshift part to it that was supposed to serve as mine clearance equipment.

A 32-year-old man drove the tractor. The tractor ran over a mine as they were working, and the driver was killed on the spot."

Details: Kherson Oblast Military Administration says that people who offer mine clearance services are putting themselves at risk.

Quote: "We understand that farmers want to return to work as soon as possible. But you must contact licensed companies who hold the appropriate permits, which means proper training and equipment."

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