According to the most optimistic forecasts, Ukraine needs 5-7 years to demine the entire territory, — Mary Akopian

21.05.2022 09:07

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Mary Akopian announced this yesterday on the air of the All-Ukrainian Telemarathon.

Since the beginning of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, almost 114 thousand explosive objects have been defused on the territory of our state. Including almost 2 thousand aircraft bombs. Rescuers surveyed an area of more than 22 thousand hectares. On average, every day the pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service remove from two to five thousand explosive objects.

“If we talk about Ukraine, at the moment we estimate that about 300 thousand square kilometers are contaminated. This is ten times more than international experience. Based on the fact that one day of active hostilities is equal to 30 days of demining, according to the most optimistic forecasts, we need 5-7 years before complete demining,” said Mary Akopian.

The Deputy Minister spoke about the steps taken by the Government to speed up the process of humanitarian demining.

“The International Centre for Humanitarian Demining has been established. The actual purpose of the establishment of this center is, in particular, to attract international assistance: professional, technical and financial. Almost 20 foreign organizations have already responded and are being certified to work in Ukraine,” Mary Akopyan said on the air.

She also noted that several teams have already arrived in Ukraine and from next week they will start working in different regions of the country.

Department of Communications of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

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