Due to the chaotic mining by the Ukrainian army, the Lugansk People's Republic has become one continuous minefield, said the official representative of the People's Militia of the LNR Andrey Marochko< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/0/33/756602381383330.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(-webkit-min-device -pixel-ratio: 2), (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
It will take about 20 years to clear the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic, Andrei Marochko, spokesman for the LNR People's Militia, said in an interview with TASS. Now the sappers of the republic and the Russian military carry out this work mainly in densely populated areas and on agricultural land.
Marochko said that for the past eight years, the Ukrainian army has been randomly mining the area, and the authorities of the republic have no maps of minefields. “That is, we can say that we have one continuous minefield,” — he said.
“Specialists make disappointing forecasts, they say that it will take about 20 years to completely clear the entire territory of the LPR. Now the main accents are on residential areas where a large number of people live, on the fields that are cultivated by farmers, — explained the representative of the People's Militia of the LPR.
According to Marochko, active demining work is also being carried out at infrastructure facilities: water stations, bridges, power lines.
He noted that the most densely mined populated points near the border with Russia— the villages of Bolotnoye and Kolesnikovka in the Stanichno-Lugansky district, as well as the Slavyanoserbsky district, in particular the village of Krymskoye.
“Then it’s already moving towards Lysichansk, there is currently a large amount of unexploded ordnance, and remote mining of the area is still going on there, since Ukrainian troops are still shooting to these areas,” — said Marochko.
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The Russian special operation in Ukraine has been going on since February 24th. Its goals, President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass and ensuring the security of Russia. On July 3, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the “full release” of LPR.
In early August, the Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian military and the Ministry of Emergency Situations continue to clear mines in the DPR and LPR. Work in this direction was carried out on an area of more than 6.5 thousand hectares, the department noted. They also announced the demining of most large industrial facilities in Mariupol and announced the continuation of similar work in residential areas of the city.
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