Defense minister, ICRC president discuss search for missing persons, demining in Donbas

Defense minister, ICRC president discuss search for missing persons, demining in Donbas

Defense Minister of Ukraine Andriy Taran discussed with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer the issues of demining in Donbas and search for missing persons, the Defense Ministry’s press service reports.

During the meeting, Andriy Taran stated that the Ukrainian side closely cooperates with the ICRC in the issues of demining in Donbas, creation of a central authority on mine action. In particular, in the liberated territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, a non-technical survey is conducted: collection and analysis of data on the presence and type of mines, their marking, as well as the distribution and environment of mine locations.

Peter Maurer stressed that Ukraine has experience in complying with international humanitarian law in the conditions of combat actions, which it could practically and theoretically share with the world community. He noted the importance of humanitarian demining, the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On Mine Action", which allows the Armed Forces of Ukraine to effectively perform its functions.

The parties also discussed the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the search for missing persons. The joint work in the field of civil and military cooperation between the ICRC and the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of the "Evacuation-200" humanitarian project is being enhanced, especially on improving and developing the system of identification of killed servicepersons and work on qualified support and assistance to military families.


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