Ukraine will need at least 10 years to demine its territory, official says
Published : Friday, 24 June, 2022 at 10:53 PM Count : 911
Ukraine will need at least a decade to clear all the mines and explosives from its land and territorial waters once its war with Russia is over, an emergency services official has said.
Ukraine has managed to clear 620 square kilometres of land that were littered with thousands of explosive devices, including 2,000 bombs dropped from the air, but nearly 300,000 square kilometres are still seen as “contaminated”, the official said, reports Al Jazeera.
“Up to 10 years, that’s the optimistic figure. Because we don’t know what’s happening on the territories where active combat is ongoing right now,” Oleksandr Khorunzhiy, spokesperson for Ukraine’s State Emergency Service, said.
“Just imagine the number of bombs that have been dropped on us by the enemy,” the official told a news conference.