Ukrainian experts have removed thousands of explosive devices, including 2,000 bombs dropped from the air, but some 300,000 square kilometres of territory still needs to be demined, Oleksandr Khorunzhiy, spokesman for Ukraine's State Emergency Service, said, as cited by the Reuters news agency.
"Up to 10 years, that's the optimistic figure because we don't know what's happening in areas where active combat is ongoing right now," Khorunzhiy told a news conference.
"Just imagine the number of bombs that have been dropped on us by the enemy," he added.
Rescuers remove an unexploded Russian air bomb from a residential building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 23, 2022. Photo: EPA/STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE PRESS OFFICE
The top priority is to demine infrastructure, residential areas and roads, but it will take longer to clear woods, rivers and the coastline, Khorunzhiy said, according to Reuters.
Russian troops in March planted mines in a civilian hospital before withdrawing from the northern Ukrainian city of Trostianets, according to a report at the time.
Source: IAR, PAP, Reuters