By the side of a narrow path in liberated Izium, shards of emerald-green wine bottles sparkle in a trench. The pit gapes like the mouth of a monster and I want to snap a photo. But a close-up shot might cost me a leg, an arm, or my life. The retreating Russian military are booby-trapping roads, fields, even dead bodies – to sow fear and stop Ukrainians from returning to their land.

Ukraine is one of the worldʼs most heavily mined countries. Forty per cent of it is mined – nearly a hundred thousand square miles, the largest territory in any single country, a chunk of land the size of Wyoming – ...


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