UKRAINE,SWITZERLAND: Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky says it will take years to defuse the unexploded ordnance once the Russian invasion is over.
Monastyrsky told The Associated Press in an interview on March 18 that the country will need Western assistance to carry out the massive undertaking after the war. “A huge number of shells and mines have been fired at Ukraine and a large part haven’t exploded. They remain under the rubble and pose a real threat,” Monastyrsky said in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
“It will take years, not months, to defuse them.” In addition to the unexploded Russian ordnance, Ukrainian troops have planted land mines at bridges, airports and other key locations to prevent the Russians from using them. We won’t be able to remove the mines from all that territory, so I asked our international partners and colleagues from the European Union and the United States to prepare groups of experts to demine the areas of combat and facilities that came under shelling,” Monastyrsky told journalists.
Meanwhile, a zoo in Demidov located 46 km away from capital Kiev has called on authorities to establish a humanitarian corridor to supply food, as well as to evacuate animals, as some of them have died due to hunger and cold.
Pinchuk added that animals with frost tolerance in outdoor enclosures have died of hunger, while and exotic animals in need of heat, have died due to the cold, reports Ukrayinska Pravda. Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration said that nearly 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine, on top of the 3.2 million who have already fled the country. That means that around a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people have been forced from their homes.
Meanwhile, dozens were reportedly killed Friday in Ukraine’s south after Russians shelled a Ukrainian army barracks in Mykolaiv.
At least 45 people were killed in the attack, according to BBC News, although the death toll may rise. Reports showed at least one survivor being pulled from the rubble.
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