In the Luhansk Oblast, Danish Refugee Council – Danish Demining Group (DRC-DDG) officially handed over two fields with the total area of almost 630 thousand sq.m to the bodies of local self-government of Myrna Dolyna village in the Popasna Raion, the organization’s press service reports.
“Centimeter after centimeter, DRC-DDG deminers were clearing this area for more than two years, from mid-2017 to September 2019, which was followed by a demining quality check by the Defense Ministry of Ukraine,” an organization’s representative said.
“We are happy that residents of Myrna Dolyna can now safely use this area. Unfortunately, the clearance process takes a lot of time. However, DRC-DDG is expanding its activity in Eastern Ukraine every year, actively working to make sure that the locals aren’t restricted in their right of free movement and can cultivate their land in safety,” DDG Operations Manager Christian James Fielding said.
Humanitarian demining in Myrna Dolyna is a part of the project “Protecting civilians victimized by conflict in eastern Ukraine by providing legal aid and demining service”, funded by the European Union via the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
DRC-DDG has been doing humanitarian demining in the Luhansk Oblast since 2017, manually clearing the area of over 600 thousand sq.m during this time. Further 900 thousand sq.m are going to be cleared of landmines in 2020.
According to data by DRC-DDG, more than 2 thousand persons were killed or wounded by landmines or other explosives in Ukraine between June 2014 and September 2020.
Source: Donestk News