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Only about one-sixth of liberated Kherson Oblast cleared of mines in 11 months

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 13:47
Only about one-sixth of liberated Kherson Oblast cleared of mines in 11 months
Photo: Kherson Oblast Military Administration

A lack of resources has meant that only about a sixth of the territory of Kherson Oblast that was liberated in November 2022 has been cleared of mines.

Source: Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, spokesperson for the Kherson Oblast Military Administration, during the 24/7 national joint newscast

Quote: "Currently, 104,000 hectares out of 683,000 have been cleared of mines, 86,000 hectares of which is agricultural land.

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... We did not expect even that much. With the resources we had, we had planned to clear about 70,000 hectares."

Details: Nevertheless, Tolokonnikov said, the pace of mine clearance has now picked up. New brigades and equipment are expected to arrive in Kherson Oblast.

Background:

Almost every day there are reports from the Kherson Oblast authorities of civilians who have been killed by mines while trying to do agricultural work.

For example, on 2 October, a man from Mykolaiv Oblast was killed after being hired to clear mines by a landowner in Kherson Oblast. The man, who was using a homemade demining device, was blown up by a mine in the field.

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