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May 19, 2023, 16:24

Over the past day, demining personnel mine clearance operations resulted in the record about 6000 explosive devices cleared – Oleksandr Khorunzhyy

A record was set for the demining and explosive ordnance disposal in the past day. It’s about 6000 explosive devices, including 9 aerial bombs.

Oleksandr Khorunzhyy, Press Officer of the State Emergency Service, made the relevant statement at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. 

“The main areas where demining activities are being carried out are Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson Oblasts. It represents the main volume of explosive items that have been found today,” he said.

Oleksandr Khorunzhyy also provided statistics on the detection and neutralization of explosive devices since the beginning of the all-out invasion.

“Taking into account the information and statistics dating back to the beginning of the russian large-scale invasion, more than 373 thousand explosives have been discriminated and neutralized, including 2,235 aerial bombs. About 86 thousand hectares have been checked for mines,” he said.

As the SES spokesman explained, they are now actively using mechanized demining machines received from partners. This is yielding results, in particular, significantly increasing both the area of demining and the disposal of explosive ordnance.

“As for the equipment, we are really getting stronger every day. And we are strengthening both at the expense of the state and through cooperation with international partners. We now have about 7 mechanized demining machines already working to clear our land of explosive ordnance. And by the end of the year, this number will definitely increase by 2-3 times or even more,” the spokesman added.

Oleksandr Khorunzhyy also emphasized the need for mechanized demining machines.

“We keep on working on getting as many of them as possible. Now there is a need for 100 such vehicles. This significantly speeds up the demining activities and, in particular, protects our personnel. In fact, all these machines work remotely.”

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