Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, said in the video
As cities across Ukraine continue to come under devastating bombardment, two of HALO's staff working on the ground to keep families safe shared their experiences with Prince Harry.
Olesia and Maryna both work full-time for HALO Ukraine, alongside 430 other men and women. Speaking virtually with The Duke, Olesia and Maryna described how their lives were turned upside down on 24th February when the conflict began, and the living nightmare of the ensuing days as the bombs and shelling escalated.
Despite both having to flee their homes, they spoke of their determination to continue working and how they are helping people keep safe from explosives through a major digital media campaign that has now been seen by over 17 million Ukrainians.
"Spreading the safety messages (about explosive devices) will help, the more people who see them, the more people will stay safe."
Prince Harry, who has continued his mother's legacy with his support for HALO, thanked Olesia, Maryna and their colleagues for their life-saving work, recognising the bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people.
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
HALO has worked in Ukraine since 2016, conducting life-saving mine clearance operations. As the indiscriminate weapons of war rain down on cities and streets, millions of people are fleeing their homes, or are trapped in cellars and bomb shelters unable to escape. Despite the dangers, our brave staff are continuing their work on the ground to keep people safe.
We are teaching children in bomb shelters how to stay safe from deadly explosives, distributing vital medical supplies and using our ambulances and specially trained trauma first aiders to support the needs of the civilian population. We are establishing a crisis hub in Eastern Poland and planning how we can map and survey the weapons being used in the conflict to prepare to clear the explosives and bombs as soon as conditions allow. But we need your support.