Russian bomb squad clears mines on the front lines of eastern Ukraine

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DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — 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

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“Gazetta” holds an 82mm mortar round inside the First Strike Company van in Debaltseve, Ukraine.

Image: Evgeny Feldman, Mashable

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. Read more…

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