Ukraine Now Among the Top 5 Countries Most Heavily Mined
There are an untold number of landmines spread throughout both liberated and occupied Donbas
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Ukraine now ranks among the five most heavily mined countries in the world because of the war in Donbas.
“Ukraine is currently among the five most heavily mined countries, and if we talk about anti-personnel mines, which are even banned by the Ottawa Treaty [The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, signed in Ottawa on December 3-4, 1997], then Ukraine is among the three most dangerous countries in the world,” First Vice Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Iryna Gerashchenko said during a presentation of the report on her activity in the position of the Ukrainian presidential commissioner for peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, a Ukrinform correspondent reports.
She brought up the recently approved amendments to the law on mine action that unlock international assistance to Ukraine for humanitarian mine and unexploded ordinance removal.
“It is very important to intensify this work. There are about 7,000 square kilometers hit by explosive items, and about 1.5 million people live in these territories,” Gerashchenko said.
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