Ukraine farmer blows up mines with remote-controlled armoured tractor so he can plant crops

A Ukrainian farmer has armour plated a remote-controlled tractor to blow up mines so he can get on with sowing seeds on his land in the spring. Oleksandr Kryvtsov has kitted out his tractor with protective panels stripped from Russian tanks.

After Russian forces were driven back from parts of eastern Ukraine by a Ukrainian counter-offensive last year, mines remained in many fields.

The explosives make it perilous for farmers to sow grain for the next harvest. Fields around the village of Hrakove are no exception.

Mr Kryvtsov, a general manager at his agricultural company, decided he could not wait for help from overworked official deminers to clear his field. Instead, he designed a remote-controlled tractor that could withstand blasts.


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