In Ukraine, 174,000 square kilometers of land feeding around 81 million people all over the world are potentially contaminated with mines and shells. Humanitarian demining of Ukrainian territories would require tens of times more specialists trained according to international standards than those working today, said Yulia Svyrydenko, the First Deputy Prime Minister, at the International Summit of Cities and Regions in Kyiv on April 20.
Around 470,000 hectares (1,815 square miles) of agricultural lands in Ukraine’s south and east are waiting for their turn to be cleared of mines, including:
- more than 208,000 hectares (803 square miles) in the Kherson region;
- nearly 160,000 hectares (618 square miles) in the Kharkiv region;
- more than 85,000 hectares (328 square miles) in the Mykolaiv region.
The World Bank estimated the totality of work as part of humanitarian demining to cost $37.4 billion.
According to preliminary estimates, surveying and priority demining of agricultural lands alone would require $1.5 billion, Svyridenko emphasized.
According to her, a plan of measures for demining agricultural land has been developed.
470,000 hectares of agricultural lands are planned to be demined.
The government counts on partner countries to help with the training of sappers.
The First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine invited international partners to participate in humanitarian demining and take patronage over individual regions.