At least 40 years needed to clear Donbass of mines

09.02.18 04:50
At least 40 years needed to clear Donbass of mines

The world experience of military conflicts shows that at the moment (in the fifth year of the war) the post-war mine clearance of Donbass will take at least forty years, President of the International Anti-Terrorist Unity, reserve Colonel Alexander Dichek stated at the press conference Humanitarian Demining of Donbass.

"The problem (humanitarian demining – ed.) is characterized by three figures. These include the area to be cleared – more than 7 thousand square kilometres, a vast territory.

The second indicator is the time period of mine clearance. According to the UN, a year of war is extrapolated to ten years of the demining process. Imagine how much [time] we need to clear our territory – almost forty years already," Dichek said.

The expert noted that, for example, in Croatia, the demining process has been ongoing for already 19th year, in Bosnia and Herzegovina – for the 17th year, in Azerbaijan – also for the 17th year.

"The third figure is the value of the work. For any country this is a very expensive ‘pleasure.’ According to experts, about 10 years of work are worth 500 to 600 million dollars," Alexander Dichek added.

DONi News Agency


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