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The group of mine clearing of the International antimine center of Russian Armed Forces decreases to Laos for rendering assistance in mine clearing of the territory of the country


For implementation of the decision of the President of the Russian Federation – the Supreme Commander Armed Forces the group of mine clearing of the International antimine center of Russian Armed Forces decreases to the Lao People's Democratic Republic for rendering assistance in mine clearing of the territory of this country. The business trip will last five months – since October the 2018th till March, 2019. The chief of engineering troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation lieutenant general Yury Stavitsky at the eighth meeting of the expert working group of a meeting of Ministers of Defence of member countries of ASEAN which is taking place in Moscow area and dialogue partners of SMOA plus in humanitarian mine clearing has reported about it. He has noted that the group is equipped with modern means of search and detection of explosive objects, individual protection equipment of the sapper. The group has included calculations of mine and search service. Yury Stavitsky has explained that the jungle of Laos is larded by the unexploded American bombs dropped on this country
in the 60th – the 70th years of last century. Most of them were cassette, antipersonnel. Thirty percent of this ammunition are still not neutralized because of what more than a half of the Laotian provinces are considered as territories of the increased danger. It is difficult to find and neutralize the specified mines. Children are especially subject to risk. The number of the victims from the explosive devices dumped from air since 1964 is estimated at tens of thousands of people whose vast majority – civilians. This threat stops inhabitants from return to farms because of what farmlands are empty. "Still nobody could or wanted to help Laotians. Today time to interrupt the account of these victims has come. It will become hands of sappers of the International antimine center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Is also planned to carry out training of local sappers and to provide them with means of search and individual protection", – Yury Stavitsky has concluded.
of mil.ru Maxim Novikov Today, 20:13 0

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