270,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory need demining, according to the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
“If we talk about quantity, today we understand that it is necessary to clear about 270,000 square kilometers of mines. This includes the occupied territories,” said the head of the department Denis Monastyrsky on Friday during the All-Ukrainian telethon.
According to him, the Ministry of Internal Affairs directs the subdivisions of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine to conduct primary operational demining within a year. “In simple words, the road between settlements should be cleared of mines, the settlement, adjacent territories, as well as areas around settlements should be completely cleared of mines. But complete demining, which includes roads, forest belts, reservoirs, will take years,” Monastyrsky stressed.
As for relaxing on the beaches, the minister warned that swimming in most reservoirs in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv regions is dangerous due to the presence of explosive devices. According to him, local authorities independently determine whether it is possible to swim in certain reservoirs. He also stressed that the study of reservoirs requires special professional equipment, which is scarce in Ukraine, and urged Ukrainians not to visit reservoirs yet because of mine danger.
“We turned to our international partners-colleagues from the European Union. They will help us both with teams that will come from abroad and directly with the equipment for such demining,” Monastyrsky said.
Italy, if necessary, is ready to take part in mine clearance operations at Ukrainian ports in order to ensure the exit of ships with grain from them, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Wednesday.
“We are putting pressure on the creation of sea corridors for the transportation of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, especially grain. To do this, it is necessary to clear the sea areas near the ports, especially near Odessa,” Sole 24 Ore quoted him as saying.
“Italy has expressed its willingness to participate in demining operations. We want the UN to play a central role in conducting and coordinating operations, along with other partners such as Turkey,” Di Maio added.
He noted that the export of grain would be possible “with Russian guarantees for the safety of ships and their cargo.”
Germany will help Ukraine in demining, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.
“We, like Germany, will help in demining to a greater extent. Because it is not only about military demining, where we will help you. It is also about demining in cities, villages, and doing it together so that people were able to return home,” Burbock said at a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on Tuesday.