Vice Prime Minister - Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that mine clearance in Donbas may take 25 to 30 years, because the density of explosives on the territory of Ukraine is greater than anywhere else in the world. Reznikov said this in an interview with the Dom TV channel.
"Today, according to experts, the density of mines and explosives on the territory of Ukraine is greater than anywhere in the world. And if you approach mathematically, then one day of war gives five to six days of mine clearance. That is, if we have a war that lasts seven years, then according to the Croatian matrix, we will have to clear mines in 25 years, or even 30," the Deputy Prime Minister predicted.
According to Reznikov, he once traveled to Croatia to study their experience of peaceful reintegration and there he visited the Croatian National Mine Clearance Center. In this country, the war ended 25 years ago, but the demining of territories continues to this day. There are about 500 sq. km of non-mined areas. For mine clearance in Croatia, 800 million and 900 million euros were spent.
As for Ukraine, Reznikov hopes that new technologies will help speed up the process. However, Ukraine itself with its own budget will not cope with this task, and the entire European community will have to help it. The official recalled that the war is going on not only in the east of Ukraine, but also in the east of Europe.
“And accordingly, the longer they condone soft sanctions, the completion of Nord Stream 2, the more expensive it is to help us get out of this horror later,” Reznikov summed up.
On March 18, it was reported that Reznikov proposed to start "humanitarian demining" in Donbas before Easter and unblock two checkpoints.
It also became known that in the Donbass, in the week from January 30 to February 5 of this year, Ukrainian sappers cleared almost 34 hectares of land.