Czech Republic to assist Ukraine in humanitarian demining

Source : 112 Ukraine

OSCE, NATO, and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining already helps Ukraine to clear the mines
17:33, 26 August 2015


Czech experts are ready to cooperate in the field of humanitarian demining, including training of Ukrainian specialists to carry out checks on areas for the ammunition and their search, exchange experience in the field of underwater demining and clearance of modern munitions. It was stated by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Czech Republic Tomas Kopechnyi during his visit to Ukraine. 

Ukrainian State Emergency Service (SES) states that demining of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions has essencial priority within the current policy. Now SES means to keep the Ukrainian specialists safe while clearing the unexploded ordnance.  OSCE, NATO, and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining gives Ukraine an assistance. “We hope that cooperation between Ukrainian SES and Czech Republic experts in the field of mine clearance will also be productive and efficient,” said SES Chief Deputy Oleh Melchutskyi.

Mine clearence is a topical issue in Ukraine, as barely every day people find the landmines and get injured. Yesterday a child has found a shell not far from the playground in Kyiv. Fortunately, no casualties. And few days ago, four children in Volodarske, Donetsk region, have found a shell on the roadway near their house. As a result of its explosion, a 4-year-old kid died, and another three were hospitalized with major injuries.

Related: State Emergency Service and OSCE launched a joint project of landmines removal in Donbas

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