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International Coordinating Center for humanitarian demining issues established in Ukraine

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The International Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Demining was established under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said.

"Today I signed the corresponding order. And this is an effective step for our struggle on another super-important front. Indeed, from practical experience, it is known that one day of active hostilities in a certain territory is equal to 30 days of neutralizing and clearing this territory of mines, unexploded ammunition and other explosive items," Monastyrsky wrote on Facebook.

He noted that since the beginning of the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine, active hostilities have continued and are underway in the east, south and north.

"As they are released, we begin large-scale demining. And this is an indescribable scale of tasks. For this, we need international help from our friends and partners. With specialists, equipment, finance, and the latest approaches using modern information technologies," the minister said.

He said that Ukraine will need assistance for a long period of time – a strategic approach is already being laid to overcome this challenge.

"The well-known in Ukraine (and not only) dog-pyrotechnician Patron from the rescue team of the State Emergency Service has already become the symbol of our center. He has helped his colleagues find and neutralize more than two hundred mines. The functions of the Secretariat of the International Center are assigned to the State Emergency Service", Monastyrsky said.

He also noted that the Center is open for participation of representatives of other states and relevant international organizations.