Ukraine placed first in world in number of deaths from mine explosions, - UN

The Cabinet says it is meaningless to demine the territory of Donbas before the end of hostilities
15:36, 4 December 2017

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Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of the number of deaths from mines. This was stated by humanitarian coordinator of the UN system in Ukraine Neil Voker, Ukrainian News reports.

According to him, Ukraine is also among the three countries most contaminated by mines.

"Ukraine takes third in the world in terms of contamination of areas with mines and the first place - in terms of the number of people who died because of the explosions of mines," he said at the press conference.

In his turn, the Minister of Temporary Occupied Territories Vadym Chernysh asserts that before the end of hostilities in the Donbas region, it is meaningless to take measures to demine the territory.

Related: One Ukrainian soldier killed, four injured in Donbas conflict zone

"As long as the conflict continues, it makes no sense to spend money to demine all the time near the demarcation line, in terms of the development of the territory. One dollar spent on demining or two dollars, requires about a thousand dollars for full demining process. Then this territory again becomes contaminated with mines, " he said.

As it was reported earlier the anti-personnel mines PMN of the Soviet times were found near Hladosovo village, Donetsk region. Ukraine utilized this type of mines two years ago but they are still used by Russia. Darka Olifer, the spokeswoman of Leonid Kuchma, the representative of Ukraine at the Minsk Talks.

‘The Ukrainian side informed the OSCE on the found anti-personnel mines of the Soviet production near Hladosovo village that was recently taken under control of Ukraine in accordance with the demarcation line determined by the Memorandum on September 19, 2014’, she wrote.

Related: Donbas: 120 mm mines hit Pavlopol, Donetsk region

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