During his visit to Brussels, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov invited Andreas Papakonstantinou, Head of the European Commission's Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), to jointly organize an international conference on new humanitarian demining technologies in regions affected by Russian aggression. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Reintegration.
"This is an important issue for Ukraine, because the level of contamination with explosive objects in Donetsk and Luhansk is critical. It takes at least 25 years for demining. And new technologies, at least in terms of mapping mined areas, will significantly speed up the process. Key - they must be safe. For example, with the use of aircraft," the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine said.
In addition, Reznikov and Papakonstantinou discussed ways to intensify joint international efforts to ensure access of international humanitarian organizations to the temporarily occupied territories. They also discussed possible ways to mobilize EU resources for the implementation of child psychologist training projects, especially for educational institutions located along the line of contact.
Reznikov invited Papakonstantinou to come to Ukraine, and he, in turn, confirmed his readiness for such a visit.
Meanwhile, as the conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its eighth year, the European Commission has announced €25.4 million in humanitarian aid to help people still suffering from the ongoing hostilities.