The OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik said that the east part of Ukraine is the area with the biggest number of land mines in the world, reports Interfax-Ukraine.
"The working group on security issues discussed compliance with the ceasefire, raising of the forces and means as well as demining. Ukraine’s east has become the area with the most land mines in the world," said Sajdik at the briefing following the Trilateral Contact Group meeting on conflict resolution in Donbas.
In this regard, the coordinator of the security group Ertugrul Apakan "stressed the importance of the so-called humanitarian demining and a systematic approach to it".
The Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons estimated that the cost of demining the entire Donbas area could exceed 800 million dollars.
Earlier, experts announced that the demining of Donbas may take 10-15 years and this process will cost Ukraine more than one billion dollars.
The previous day, the Ukrainian military began work on demining the territory along the Avdiivka – Opytne road.