Ukraine Claims Mine Clearing Might Take up to 10 Years

Oleh Bondar, Head of the Pyrotechnic Works and Humanitarian Demining Department of the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine, said that “mine clearance might take 5 to 10 years based on worldwide experience.” 

Bondar, quoted in a report by Ukrinform, said the huge pollution of territory and populated areas by explosives, including those outlawed by international agreements, is one of the most serious detrimental outcomes of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Bondar explained that the enemy deployed remote mining systems, laid unguided minefields in populated areas, and left a huge number of especially deadly specially planted explosive devices that posed a mortal threat to civilians.

“These mines and ammunition have been discovered in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Mykolayiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions. The total number of various mines, cluster munitions, and specially installed explosive devices is about 10% of all detected and neutralized explosive devices,” Bondar added.

In a related development, Swiss company GCS offered its services in removing these explosives. 

“Our company wants to support your efforts by providing you with the right equipment, state-of-the-art technology, and our knowledge to facilitate the process,” a portion of the letter sent to SES read.

On Wednesday, SES officials represented by DSNS Sergey Tregubenko met with the General Director of the Swiss GCS company Philip Von Michaelisom where they discussed the assistance the company can provide to Ukraine. 

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