DEMINING OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: UKRAINE TO LEARN CROATIA’S LESSONS
Ukraine will learn the Croatian experience of implementation of robotic systems for demining the territories on both sides of the contact line in the Donbass.
This was talked about during the seminar entitled “Military and Technical Cooperation between Croatia and Ukraine in Mechanical Demining: Experience, Status, and Possibilities”, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Ukraine.
From the side of Ministry for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, the seminar was attended by State Secretary Kostiantyn Vashchenko and representatives of the Directorate for Reintegration and Humaniarian Demining. Other participants of the seminar included representatives of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the State Emergencies Service, the State Special Transport Service, the Sappers’ Association of Ukraine, international organizations – OSCE, Halo Trust, FSD.
The participants of the event observed that the eastern regions of Ukraine are critically polluted with mines and explosives. Thus, on the GCA alone near the contact line in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts, approximately 7 thousand square kilometers of lands are planted with mines. Some other 15 thousand square kilometers are mined on the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts’ NGCAs. Thus, in frames of the seminar, it was stressed that Ukraine is one of the most mine-polluted countries, together with Afghanistan and Syria.
This is why Ministry for Reintegration is interested in utilizing the experience of the Republic of Croatia in demining and clearing the territory from explosives. The deepened efficient cooperation between the two countries had also been mentioned in frames of the recent visit of Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov to Croatia. In particular, Oleksii Reznikov’s aim was to study the Croatian experience in deoccupation and safe reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.
Currently Ministry for Reintegration is engaged in outreach activity on mine danger in the Donbass. Training literature for children and method guides for teachers are being disseminated in the schools of the region. Information campaigns are also being held among the local population of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts.