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Russia has already mined about 80,000 km2 in Ukraine

Russia has already mined about 80,000 km2 in Ukraine

“Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the problem of mines and explosive remnants of the war has become particularly acute, although Russia has been contaminating the Ukrainian land for the past eight years,” reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

In this context, Ukrainian diplomats said that mines had to be cleared on 16,000 sq km of Luhansk and Donetsk regions after the first wave of Russian armed aggression against Ukraine in 2014. To date, according to preliminary estimates, about 80,000 sq km of the territory of Ukraine have been contaminated by landmines.

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