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Ukraine’s Road to Demining and Recovery

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Ukraine’s Road to Demining and Recovery

A mine danger sign is seen in a sunflowers field near the village of Tomylivka, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, August 1, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

After over a year of devastating war, Ukraine is now one of the most mined countries in the world. Military remnants, including mines, cause the most significant number of victims in the civilian population, especially children. According to the United Nations, more than 1.8 million Ukrainian adults and children live surrounded by mines. Therefore mine safety education is one of the critical issues nowadays and in the coming years.

Russian aggression against Ukraine has also caused the huge contamination of a significant part of fertile land with mines, oil products, and unexploded artillery shells. The Atmospheric air, forests, and water also suffered from war-related pollution. The ongoing war makes it difficult to estimate the total damage from environmental crimes.

The latest report by the HALO Trust (Hazardous Area Life-Support Organization), an international mine action organization, points out that Ukraine is currently clearing over 1.6 million square meters of suspected hazardous areas. The report estimates that it may take several decades to complete the demining process in Ukraine at the current clearance rate. But we believe that being supported by international partners, Ukraine will soon defeat Russians and start full-scale post-war reconstruction, which could accelerate demining.

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