despite losing limbs, some Ukrainian sappers have returned to work clearing land mines. This is a remarkable testament to their dedication and commitment to their country.
One such sapper is Andrii Ilkiv. He had his leg amputated below the knee after a land mine exploded beneath him in September 2022. By May of the following year, he was back at work, standing on a prosthetic limb, sweeping for and defusing mines.
Ilkiv is one of 14 sappers who have returned to their demining jobs in a national police unit of some 100 people. They are now operating in the regions of Kherson and Kharkiv, parts of which were recaptured from Russia last year.
The work of sappers is incredibly dangerous. They risk their lives every day to clear land mines and make it safe for people to return to their homes and businesses. The mines laid by Russian forces during their invasion are a major obstacle to Ukraine’s reconstruction.
The sappers who have returned to work after losing limbs are an inspiration to us all. They show us that even in the face of great adversity, it is possible to overcome challenges and achieve our goals.
Their dedication to their country and their willingness to put their lives on the line is truly remarkable. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.