Ukraine is launching an initiative to raise public awareness of landmines and other contemporary threats, particularly in the de-occupied and frontline areas.
As part of this project, UNICEF handed over 15 mobile mine safety classrooms to the State Emergency Service and the National Police on 9 October in the presence of Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. These are specially equipped vehicles that will inform and educate people, including children.
“To date, 174,000 square kilometres of territory in Ukraine are contaminated with mines or unexploded ordnance. Nearly 250 people have been killed and some 500 others injured as a result of explosive ordnance. The mobile mine safety classroom initiative aims to protect people from this threat and other wartime challenges. These classrooms will be sent to communities in 10 regions of Ukraine. In the future, we will expand and involve even more communities,” the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the state was also continuing to work on creating a humanitarian demining market in Ukraine and strengthening operational demining capabilities.
Denys Shmyhal thanked the heroes performing these tasks under enemy fire, risking their own lives. The audience observed a minute’s silence in memory of rescuers who died in the line of duty.