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Mine statement from Ukraine: Cleanliness may take 5 to 10 years

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While Russia’s attacks against Ukraine continued, a statement was made about the mine clearance in Ukraine.

Ukraine Emergency Service Demining Department Head Oleh Bondar said in a statement, “One of the biggest negative consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the contamination of certain regions in the country with mines, including those prohibited by international agreements. ”

Bondar said in a statement, “The Russian army has set up minefields in heavily populated areas and placed a large number of mines that threaten civilians. These mines were detected in the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkov, Sumi, Mikolayiv, Zaporozhye, Dnipro, Donetsk and Luhansk. The total number of mines detected is about 10 percent of all mines neutralized since the beginning of the war. According to my international experience, mine clearance in Ukraine may take 5 to 10 years,” he said.

Bondar also stated that the phased inspection of agricultural areas in Ukraine and their removal from mines have been initiated and said, “We are making every effort to enable agriculture in the country.”

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