5 February 2016 – The United Nations has concluded a humanitarian mine action needs assessment mission which had started on 23 January.

The inter-agency technical mission engaged with several national and international counterparts, including line Ministries and demining services, international and local non-governmental organizations and technical experts already deployed in Ukraine. It also carried out field visits in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

The team confirmed that mines, booby traps, and unexploded ordnance have a serious impact in eastern Ukraine and constitute a major threat to civilians.

The mission reaffirmed the need for more systematic coordination of action to address the threat, better sharing of information and the rapid stepping up of humanitarian mine action activities, including mine risk education, identification of dangerous areas, their demarcation, and their clearance as well as for a comprehensive approach to support victims of mine-related incidents.

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As stated in the UN Strategy on Mine Action 2013-2018, the vision of the United Nations is a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development and where the human rights and the needs of mine and ERW victims are met and survivors are fully integrated as equal members of their societies. More information on UN mine action: http://www.mineaction.org

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Victoria Andrievska, UN Communication Officer, +380442539363, andrievska@un.org

5 February 2016 - The United Nations has concluded a humanitarian mine action needs assessment mission which had started on 23 January.