According to the most optimistic forecasts, Ukraine needs 5-7 years to demine the entire territory. The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Mary Hakobyan announced this yesterday on the air of the all-Ukrainian telethon.
Since the beginning of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, almost 114,000 explosive devices have been neutralized in our country. Including almost 2 thousand aircraft bombs, and rescuers who surveyed an area of more than 22 thousand hectares. On average, pyrotechnic units of the SES seize from two to five thousand explosive devices every day.
“If we talk about Ukraine, we currently estimate that the territory of about 300 thousand square kilometers is polluted. This is ten times more than the international experience. According to the most optimistic forecasts, one day of active hostilities is equal to 30 days of demining. According to the most optimistic forecasts, we need 5-7 years before full demining,” said Mary Hakobyan.
The Deputy Minister spoke about the steps taken by the Government to speed up the process of humanitarian demining.
“The International Center for Humanitarian Demining has been established. The purpose of establishing 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 Hakobyan 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.