The UN is to allocate $10 million to demine agricultural lands in Ukraine’s frontline regions.
This was agreed at a meeting between Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine, and the heads of the UN (FAO) and UN (WFP) in Ukraine, as well as the Mine Action Coordinator of the UN Office in Ukraine, on May 30.
The government plans to use these and other donor funds to clear 165,000 hectares (637 square miles) of mines by the end of 2023 and 305,000 hectares (over 1,177 square miles) by the end of 2024.
According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service and State Transport Special Service, Ukraine needs at least 83 mine clearing vehicles for quick and comprehensive demining. This year, European manufacturers are expected to deliver 26 mine clearing vehicles. Ukraine also needs 368 vehicles for the transportation of explosive elements, 50 of which have already been contracted by donors. Another necessity is 465 cars for transporting people, with 110 already purchased by donors.