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  • Demining Ukraine in a few years, not decades, is the best response to the aggressor: Yuliia Svyrydenko
    Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, posted 18 August 2023 19:40

    Demining of Ukrainian lands in a few years, not decades, will be the best response to the aggressor who is trying to steal our future and kill Ukrainians even after the war. To do this, we must join the efforts of the entire civilised world.

    This was stated by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko during a meeting with representatives of the diplomatic corps on the implementation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula in the area of environmental safety. The meeting was attended by Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets and Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko.

    The First Deputy Prime Minister recalled that due to the military aggression of the russian federation, Ukraine is currently the most mined country in the world – 174,000 square kilometres, or one third of the country’s territory, needs to be checked for explosives.

    “The unprecedented potential contamination of Ukrainian land with mines and other explosives is a danger to people, animals, soil, food and ecosystems. In addition, before the war, these fertile lands were a source of food for 81 million people. Now they are not being used for their intended purpose. That is, the war unleashed by russia undermines the world’s food security and provokes a deepening of the problem of hunger,” said Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    That is why one of the environmental objectives of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula is to demine 80% of potentially contaminated territories and return them to normal use in 10 years. This is the ambitious goal set by the Ukrainian Government. To achieve this, Ukraine needs strong international support. Yuliia Svyrydenko called on representatives of diplomatic missions to join the partners who are already helping Ukraine with demining.

    According to her, today Ukraine has about 3,000 mine engineers working at the limit of their strength and 26 mechanised demining vehicles, which is not enough to achieve the goal. Solving the problem of demining and the damage caused to the environment by russian aggression will require joint efforts of the whole world for many years. And Ukraine counts on the support of its partners. Yuliia Svyrydenko also reminded that Ukraine has already established the Humanitarian Demining Centre, which will coordinate the work of partners and stakeholders.

    “Our ultimate goal is to use all modern technologies to speed up demining, make it safer and more efficient. We want the world to have enough capacity to deal with mines and explosives. And we want to have a modern demining policy that can be used in other contaminated regions. If we manage to demine Ukraine in a few years, not decades, it will be the best proof that the aggressor will not be able to steal our future and kill people even after the war,” concluded Yuliia Svyrydenko.