As reported by the SES press service, the project will be implemented for one and a half years and during this time the German government will allocate about 995 thousand EUR for purchasing modern equipment to clear the unexploded ordnance.
Presentation of a joint project State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the OSCE "Assistance to the Government of Ukraine in removing explosive remnants of war", contributed by Germany, took place July 30.
"Mine clearance of Ukrainian territory is one of the key priorities of SES. Previously the pyrotechnic units of SES removed only remnants of long-passed wars, and today, working in the east of the state, they are dealing with modern ammunition, which requires new equipment to be removed,” stated head of SES Mykola Chechotkin.
In turn, Jeffrey Ehrlich, General Manager of OSCE projects in Ukraine, said that the cooperation between the OSCE and SES lasts for almost 10 years, since 2006.
"During this time we have already passed different kind of equipment for demining operations, including removal of mines from the water and land as well. That is why this current project is a continuous process of a fruitful and productive cooperation, " said Jeffrey Ehrlich.
Wolfgang Bindseil, representing the German Embassy in Kyiv, stressed Germany’s steady support for Ukraine. He pointed out that this latest commitment was part of a larger German assistance effort to improve safety of the civilian population in Ukraine. “Safety allows development; development enhances stability and stability leads to security,” he said.
Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, OSCE, and German Embassy in Kyiv also attended the event.