Ukrainian MFA announces area of mined territories in country

Ukrainian MFA announces area of mined territories in country
# 04 April 2022 11:47 (UTC +04:00)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) has announced the area of territories mined by Russian forces in its statement on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, APA reports.

The statement reads:

"After the first wave of Russian armed aggression against Ukraine in 2014, about 16,000 square kilometers of Luhansk and Donetsk Regions were contaminated with mines and ERW. Today, according to preliminary estimates, contamination reaches 80,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine.

While the entire civilized world is abandoning and banning anti-personnel landmines, Russia is increasing their use in Ukraine and even testing new types of anti-personnel mines such as POM-3 (Medallion) and others.

Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service and other structures carry out demining operations in the liberated territories. However, the main work will begin after the complete withdrawal of the russian troops from Ukraine."

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