Ukraine Faces Massive Explosive Contamination One Year Into Conflict


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(Relief Web) Ukraine has been dealing with explosive ordnance contamination for years, a legacy from the soviet era and World War II. One year after the escalation of the conflict, the magnitude of the contamination has increased dramatically and is now massive.

Anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines, cluster munitions, as well as other unexploded or abandoned ammunition are littered across cities, farmlands, and seaways, most highly concentrated in the Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine. Beyond the immediate threat to the lives of civilians, these explosive devices are disrupting food production, transportation, and access to humanitarian aid, often where it is most needed…

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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