Meri Akopyan, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform
December 9, 2022, 11:05

“About 30% of Ukraine’s territory is rigged with explosives, this is the area of four Switzerlands,” Interior Ministry

Approximately 30% of the territory of Ukraine is currently contaminated with explosives. The territories are planned to be cleared up in ten years. Meri Akopyan, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine made this statement at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.

“About 174,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine today remain contaminated (with explosives), according to the analysis and assessments of our experts. This is approximately 30% of our territories. The territory of the contaminated part of Ukraine today equals to four Switzerlands. This is very telling and clearly conveys the real situation with which we are working. We set a very ambitious goal to clean all these areas within 10 years. This seems like a lot, but for these types of work it is very little. The main thing we are working on today is strengthening our ability to move at such a pace,” — Akopyan said.

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