Demining of territories in Bohdanivka and Petrivske begins

Pyrotechnics neutralized six explosive objects
11:42, 14 November 2019

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Demining of territories in Bohdanivka and Petrivske has begun. The press service of the State Emergency Service reported about it.

Mine clearance started on November 13. As of 15:30, 0.07 hectares were surveyed.

Pyrotechnics were able to find and neutralize six explosive devices.

"There were four pyrotechnic calculations from the General Directorate recruited (20 personnel assets and eight units of equipment)," the statement said.

Related: Prystaiko speaks on disengagement of forces in Donbas

Disengagement of forces in Petrivske provides number of actions that must be executed: search and destruction of mine-explosive barriers, dismantling of fortifications and other military facilities within a certain area. On the 29th day, the Ukrainian side would inform that all activities had been carried out, and the very next day, the OSCE SMM representatives would verify that the actions were fulfilled.

As we reported earlier, the disengagement of forces in Donbas could not take place in winter due to the weather conditions. Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Bohdan Bondar stated that to journalists as Donbas News reports. 

"We are entering into such a period when the weather conditions not always will allow us preparing new positions. Besides, during the frost, it is prohibited to clean minefield fencings. So we can not hold mine clearance due to the Protocol," Bondar said. 

Related: OSCE SMM in Ukraine Head welcomes beginning of disengagement of forces in Petrivske, Donbas


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