Landmines have been deployed in eastern Ukraine since the outbreak of conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in 2014.

    In the regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, the clearing of the explosives continues. More than 8,000 square kilometers will be demined.

    The state service hopes that power will be restored in the recaptured areas in the coming days, said chairman Sergej Kryk. It will take several months for the infrastructure in the Kherson region to be restored.

    A week ago, under pressure from a Ukrainian counter-offensive, Russian troops completed their withdrawal from the northwestern bank of the Dnieper and also evacuated the major city of Kherson, which they held for months. According to the latest data from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Russia has deployed at least seven different types of landmines in Ukraine that have been banned internationally.

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