Ukraine will benefit from Croatia’s experience in implementing robotic systems for clearing Donbas areas contaminated with explosives and mines.
According to Ukrinform, this was discussed during the workshop "Military-technical cooperation between Croatia and Ukraine in mechanical mine clearance: experience, status and capabilities," the press service of the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine reports.
"Ukraine will adopt Croatia’s experience in implementing robotic systems for clearing the territory on both sides of the contact line in Donbas from mines," the statement reads.
The workshop participants noted that the eastern regions of Ukraine were critically contaminated with mines and explosives. In particular, about 7,000 square kilometers of land in the government-controlled territory near the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are contaminated with mines. Another 15,000 square kilometers have been mined in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk region. Therefore, it was emphasized that Ukraine is one of the world’s countries most contaminated with mines, along with Afghanistan and Syria.
According to the press service, the Ministry of Reintegration expressed interest in using the experience of the Republic of Croatia in clearing the territories from explosives and mines. During the recent visit of Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov to Croatia, the deepening of effective cooperation between the two countries was touched upon also. In particular, the purpose of Reznikov's visit was to get acquainted with the experience of Croatia in de-occupation and safe reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories.