VADYM CHERNYSH: POPULATION WARNING ABOUT MINE CONTAMINATED AREAS AND ASSISTANCE FOR AFFECTED PERSONS - WHAT IS NEEDED AND CAN BE DONE RIGHT NOW
Live, TV channel UA: DONBAS, Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, and Yevhen Kaplin, coordinator of the non-governmental organization «Proliska», talked about Donbas demining operation, what kind of assistance can be provided for persons affected by mines and explosive remnants of war hazards, how much money is allocated for demining operation and other questions
Ukraine is among 5 countries in terms of the number of civilian casualties from land mines, and according to various assessments, on both sides of contact line in the East of Ukraine about 7 thousand sq.km. are called potentially dangerous territories. According to data obtained from communities in eastern Ukraine, during the period of armed conflict there were at least 977 civilians’ casualties from mines and explosive remnants of war and 1528 were injured.
Minister Vadym Chernysh outlined the stages of mine action and noted that the whole complex of actions takes a lot of time and among all aspects of mine action demining operation is the final stage of clearance of the territory, which is completely impossible in situation of a conflict that is ongoing. Taking into account this situation, the immediate and urgent task is to take measures to warn civilians about mine contaminated areas, marking these territories, and conducting training, especially for children and young people in educational institutions. An important issue is the provision of assistance to people affected by mine explosions and explosive objects. Unfortunately, nowadays at the state level there is no integrated targeted assistance program for people affected by mines and explosive objects.
Therefore, the MTOT, in close cooperation with the non-governmental organization «Proliska» with the support of the Government of Switzerland, is launching the project «Assistance for persons affected by mines and explosive remnants of war hazards».
The main objective of the project is providing assistance for persons affected by mines and explosive remnants of war hazards, in monetary form, which can be used to purchase the necessary medicines, physical and psychological rehabilitation services, professional retraining and other measures aimed at restoring and compensating for broken or lost functions of the body.
It is a pilot project and for Ukraine it is the first targeted assistance for affected people. In general, the project budget is about 500 thousand UAH.
It is important to note that the NGO «Proliska» will implement the activities of the project for free, so all funds allocated will be used to help affected people.