Zelensky warned that 170,000 square kilometers remain to be cleared to restore normal life in the liberated territories.

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He thanked his Western partners for implementing demining assistance projects, citing the United States, Canada and Great Britain, as well as the structures from Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Austria, Poland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia and the UN

Zelensky warned that 170,000 square kilometers remain to be cleared to restore normal life in the liberated territories

FILE PHOTO: The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a conference in kyiv, Ukraine. /Photo taken on October 25, 2022/REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, said Thursday that the 300,000 square kilometers mined by the Russian occupiers in his country remain to be cleared < b>170,000, which he considered essential to restore the conditions for normal life in the liberated territories.

“The occupants leave behind thousands of mines and unexploded ordnance,” the Ukrainian president said in his usual late-night speech.

Ukrainian soldiers are followed almost immediately to liberated areas by those who restore all conditions for normal life, he said, and “the first and basic is demining,” he added.

He cited that the Ukrainian flags are already flying in the framework of the ongoing defense operation in 41 settlements that were liberated from the Russian occupation.

In the first place, houses, social facilities, communications, roads, the entire space of people's lives are being demined, he explained, denouncing that the Russians “mine everything: power lines, business buildings, fields, forests.”

“At the peak of mine contamination in Ukraine, we had 300,000 square kilometers of dangerous territory,” he said, and “now about 170,000 square kilometers remain to be cleared.”

Zelenski warned that 170,000 square kilometers remain to be cleared to restore normal life in the liberated territories

The Ukrainian army on Wednesday recaptured 12 towns in the Kherson region, in the south of the country, where the Russians announced their withdrawal under pressure from a counteroffensive from kyiv, its commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny said on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Zelensky thanked his Western partners for implementing assistance projects for demining, citing the US, Canada and Great Britain, as well as the structures from Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Austria, Poland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia and the UN.

Thanks to the help received, he said they have bought the first most effective demining machine: Armtrac 400, which is currently operating in the Kharkiv region.

“It covers 1.5 hectares in one hour, fully guaranteeing the removal of mines. And, first of all, it clears the territory along the power lines so that the energy workers can carry out their duties and restore the power supply,” Zelensky said.

The forces of the Ukrainian National Police, said the official, immediately follow the soldiers towards the liberated areas, and this Thursday they entered Kalynivske, Bobrovyi Kut, Yevhenivka, Kotsyubynske and Snihurivka.

Zelenski warned that 170,000 square kilometers remain to be cleared to restore normal life in the liberated territories

The forces of the Ukrainian National Police, said the official, immediately follow the soldiers towards the liberated areas, and this Thursday they entered Kalynivske, Bobrovyi Kut, Yevhenivka, Kotsyubynske and Snihurivka. (REUTERS)

The Ukrainian army recaptured 12 towns on Wednesday in the Kherson region, in the south of the country and where the Russians announced withdraw under pressure from a counteroffensive from kyiv, its commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny said on Thursday.

“Over the previous day, units of the forces of defense advanced 7 km, taking control of six towns in the direction of Petropavlivka Novoraisk“, detailed the military official in Telegram, adding that the Ukrainian army also regained “control of another six towns in the direction of Pervomaiske-Kherson”, that is, a total of more than 260 square kilometers.

(With information from EFE)

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