UN insists it is necessary to raise awareness of civilians in Donbas regarding mine threat and mince clearance activity. That would minimize the amount of victims among civilians who reside near the division line in eastern Ukraine, said Neil Walker, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine.
By the estimates of the UN, for the last several months, about 80 percent of civilians’ deaths in Donbas were caused by explosive devices. In order to improve the situation, the UN Mine Action Service arrived to eastern Ukraine to help clear mines in war-torn areas. The mission will work until February 5.
Previously, January 23, the UN assessment mission came to Ukraine. The mission held meetings with central executive authorities in Kyiv, and currently visits Donbas to assess local needs, in particular the issue of humanitarian mine assistance.