Washington – Reuters
A U.S. defense official on Friday confirmed that an attempt to stop the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine, including missile systems, had stressed that Kyiv needed at least a decade to clear its mines.
A Pentagon official downplayed Russia’s progress in Ukraine and said that Ukraine’s withdrawal from Sevdoronetsk would allow its forces to take better defensive positions. “The withdrawal of the Ukrainian armed forces from the Severodonetsk puts them in a position to defend themselves,” he added.
On the other hand, the spokesman of the Ukrainian Emergency Service Oleksandr Koronshi said on Friday that when the war between Russia and Russia ends, it will take at least a decade to remove the mines and explosives from its territory and regional waters.
The official told a news conference that his country had destroyed 620 square kilometers of land, where thousands of explosives were scattered, including 2,000 kisses falling from the air, but about 300,000 kilometers are still considered “unclean.”
This area is half the size of Ukraine and the size of Italy.
“We need up to 10 years, that’s a promising number,” Corunci said. Because we do not currently know what is going on in the fighting areas. “Imagine how many bombs the enemy dropped on us,” he added.
The Ukrainian official stressed that clearing infrastructure, residential areas and roads would be a priority, but it would take more time to clear forests, rivers and beaches.
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