Our work is full of challenges, hampering the work of our own team in the #Kharkiv region delivering our #frontlinefeedingprogram – it’s a dangerous mission, our team together with our own Director Nick Tadd were bombed last month whilst delivering aid to one of the deoccupied villages. They need to be constantly on high alert not to trigger trip wires or step on one of the many air dropped tiny toy-like ‘butterfly’ mines that are indiscriminately spread everywhere by the occupiers as they retreat – killing and maiming people, children and animals – it will take years, if not decades, to get rid of them – the mines are a direct threat to both people and animals; particularly children and free roaming animals who are constantly subjected to death or losing a limb to a hidden mine, requiring us to evacuate many dogs and cats to tend to injured limbs due to mines.
We were in Lyptsi today, which is 13 kilometres from the Russian border. This village was very recently liberated. They were under occupation for 200 days. The damage we see on the roads is massive. It’s not like I havent seen damage here in Ukraine before, but this, this is total annihilation. And this is all civilian territory. There is nothing to gain here for Russia but a bodycount. And they did. Missiles are sticking out of the ground everywhere. Burned out tanks and APCs litter the roads. There is a lot of heavy artillery sounds in the background, not too close luckily. Before we go in, a stern warning. DO NOT step in the grass (this zone has not been fully demined yet) DO NOT pick anything up and DO NOT open any gates or doors (potential boobytraps) There is zero room for errors here.
~ Angela Stoop, Veterinary Technician Volunteer, September 23, 2022
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