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Zelenskyy: Ukraine should demine its territory not in decades, but years

Saturday, 12 August 2023, 21:46
Zelenskyy: Ukraine should demine its territory not in decades, but years

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emphasised that Ukraine must fulfill the task of demining its territory not in decades, but in years, in particular by creating a production base in Ukraine.

Source: Zelenskyy's evening address

Quote: "Azerbaijan is ready to provide a new package of humanitarian support, including mine clearing equipment.

This is also one of the key directions of our work with partners – the demining. Ukraine also needs equipment from partners, and it is critical to create a production base in Ukraine so that we can clear our land of Russian mines. And this task should be completed not in decades, but in years."

Details: Zelenskyy says that a total of 174,000 square kilometres of Ukrainian territory is potentially dangerous due to mines and unexploded ammunition.

"Every day, our bomb disposal experts detect hundreds of explosive objects. And the more demining machines we have, the more special drones for demining we have, the more actively we can restore security. Thank you to every country that helps us!", he said.

Zelenskyy also thanked the Ukrainian bomb disposal experts engaged in demining.

"Yesterday (12 August), 133 bomb disposal groups worked across the country. Most of them were in the Kherson, Kharkiv, and Donetsk oblasts," Zelenskyy said.

The President also thanked the countries that took new steps for greater security of Ukraine this week, in particular Germany and the Netherlands.

"It is very important that every week, Russia sees new international activity supporting Ukraine and normal life," Zelenskyy said.

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