Plus another $110 million: Switzerland increases aid package for demining in Ukraine
On Friday, September 29, the Swiss Federal Council approved the allocation of additional funds for humanitarian demining in Ukraine. The amount is CHF 100 million (USD 109.57 million).
This additional amount will allow Bern to provide, among other things, equipment and training to Ukrainian sappers. This was reported by Reuters.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked Switzerland on his Twitter page. He noted that the humanitarian demining program is scheduled for 2024-2027.
"Significant assistance in clearing Ukrainian land of Russian mines," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister wrote.
The Swiss government has stated that this aid package will be funded equally by the Ministry of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
Switzerland is already involved in demining in Ukraine and has allocated 15.2 million Swiss francs in 2022 and 2023.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
- The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ihor Klymenko, said that 210 humanitarian demining crews are currently working in the country, using 350 pieces of equipment.
- Earlier, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service showed how they demine the de-occupied territories using GCS-200 unmanned sappers. These are remote-controlled platforms for clearing the territory of explosive objects.