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Russian Bomb Squad Clears Mines on the Front Lines of Eastern Ukraine

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They say they feel fear but you wouldn't know it by watching them handle the explosives.
The members of this bomb squad — mostly Russian Cossacks — don't use blast suits or special equipment. Instead they rely on steady hands, common household pliers and uncommon nerves of steel.
One wrong move means the difference between living and dying, says Denis "Raven" Zaitsev, the 31-year-old leader of the 19-man bomb-disposal team in Debaltseve that calls itself First Strike Company.
"It's like dancing with death," he says. "It's like dancing with death," he says.
The battlefields in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions — an area about the size of Massachusetts — are strewn with mines and other unexploded ordnance after a year of war, posing serious risks to civilians in those areas. Children, who play outside and might not know what the ordnance looks like, are especially at risk.

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