Slovenia will provide Ukraine with €1.5 million for humanitarian demining. The relevant agreement was signed on December 4, 2023 in Ljubljana.
This is reported with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine.
Under the terms of the agreement, the funds will be provided this year on a non-refundable basis.
The funds will help provide sappers of the State Emergency Service and the State Special Transport Service with the necessary personal protective equipment and demining machinery. They will also help speed up the clearance of explosives from the territory of the war-torn country and save the lives and health of many Ukrainians, the press service noted.
In close cooperation and dialogue with partners, Ukraine seeks to develop long-term solutions and launch projects that will not only meet immediate needs but also lay the foundation for long-term cooperation in this area, the Ministry of Economy added.
As a reminder, Ukraine is currently the most mined country in the world. Almost a third of the country's territory - about 174 thousand square kilometers - is considered potentially dangerous. The Ukrainian government aims to return 80% of these territories to economic use within 10 years.
On December 2, the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas presented an updated concept of the Demining Coalition. Currently, 22 countries intend to join the coalition led by Lithuania.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 05/12/2023