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Ukrainian de-miners wrap up coaching in Cambodia

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — A gaggle of 15 Ukrainian de-miners wrapped up per week of coaching in Cambodia, the place consultants who’ve cleared minefields from one of many world’s most contaminated nations shared their experience with the relative newcomers to the harmful job.

Cambodia continues to be strewn with mines from three a long time of warfare and inside conflicts that led to 1998, whereas the issue in Ukraine is a brand new one because the Russian invasion final yr.

Ukrainian de-miner Stanislav Kulykiusky instructed reporters that his workforce was grateful for the coaching, and at residence already, however 64 de-miners had been injured and 13 killed within the line of responsibility.

“It’s a very troublesome scenario,” he mentioned.

The non-governmental group Landmine Monitor in its 2022 report listed Cambodia and Ukraine among the many 9 nations with “huge” mine contamination, which means that they had greater than 38.6 sq. miles of uncleared fields.

Kulykiusky mentioned the primary problem for Ukrainian de-miners was the dimensions of the job, however that it was essential to make sure all mines are eliminated earlier than folks return to villages and farms.

“It is a precondition of the restoration,” he mentioned.

Cambodian de-miners are among the many world’s most skilled and several other thousand have been despatched prior to now decade underneath UN auspices to work in Africa and the Center East.

The workforce of Ukrainians was at completely different websites final week, studying to make use of a sophisticated Japanese mine detector referred to as the Superior Landmine Imaging System.

Developed at Tohoku College, the hand-held gadget consists of a steel detector with an built-in ground-penetrating radar that may assist de-miners detect and determine buried mines.

On Friday, the group visited a museum devoted to explaining the completely different landmines and unexploded munitions present in Cambodia, then took half in sensible coaching at a website close by.

They wrapped up their journey Saturday with a day without work from coaching to go to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complicated earlier than returning residence.

The coaching will proceed, nevertheless, with common video convention calls and a workforce of three to 5 Cambodian consultants will journey to Poland in April to coach extra Ukrainians, mentioned Oum Phumro, deputy secretary common of the Cambodian Mine Motion Middle, the federal government company that Oversees the clearing of landmines and unexploded ordnance within the nation.

He mentioned Cambodia was additionally giving Ukraine skilled sniffer canine and coaching them on learn how to use them to detect mines.

“Our de-miners have expertise clearing mines for about 30 years and we’ve educated many nations,” he mentioned. “Immediately we’re proud that we’re coaching Ukrainian de-miners.”

A Ukrainian deminer views a Cambodia’s nation map made with outdated warfare weapons throughout a tour to Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province of northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos Director Common of Cambodia Mine Motion Middle Heng Ratana, proper, shakes arms with Ukrainian deminers throughout a tour of the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province, northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos Ukrainian deminers maintain a press briefing throughout a go to to the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province, northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines , walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos A Ukrainian deminer views an exhibition throughout a tour of the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province, northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines , walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos A canine sniffs Covid19 scents throughout an indication whereas Ukrainian deminers tour the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province, northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos Visiting Ukrainian deminers and media view a managed bomb explosion throughout a tour to the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province of northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos Ukrainian deminers view bomb casings recovered from the warfare throughout a tour of the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province of northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)
photos A educated service canine demonstrates realized strategies throughout a tour by Ukrainian deminers to the Peace Museum Mine Motion in Siem Reap province, northwestern Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Cambodian consultants, whose nation has the doubtful distinction of being one of many world’s most contaminated by landmines, walked a gaggle of Ukrainian troopers by means of a minefield being actively cleared hoping their a long time of expertise will assist the Europeans in their very own efforts to take away Russian mines at residence. (AP Picture/Heng Sinith)

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