Demining charity urges UK to get behind its efforts to ‘decontaminate’ Ukraine

The world’s largest demining charity, the Halo Trust, has urged the UK to get behind its efforts with more funding to “decontaminate” Ukraine. As the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion approaches, the charity is undertaking a training programme to expand its staff in the country to around 1,200 this summer. The trust, which operates in 28 countries around the world, trains local staff for its mine-clearing work. Speaking to the PA news agency at one of the charity’s mine-clearing sites in Mirra, on the outskirts of Kyiv, chief executive James Cowan said: “I would strongly urge the British to get behind this effort.