UK to Provide New Batch of Demining Equipment to Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
UK to Provide New Batch of Demining Equipment to Ukraine

The UK government is set to deliver a new batch of demining equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as part of its continued support in the ongoing conflict

This announcement comes from a recent report by The Defense Post, detailing the UK's efforts to bolster Ukraine's demining capabilities.

The Ministry of Defense in the UK has signed a contract with Pearson Engineering for the supply of multi-purpose interfaces for machines. This equipment will enable the attachment of anti-mine plows to machinery already in use in Ukraine, enhancing the country's ability to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance.

This contribution is part of a larger £100 million (approximately US$125 million) aid package from the UK to Ukraine. Included in this support are remote-controlled demining machines MW370 and accompanying support kits, highlighting the UK's commitment to Ukraine's immediate and long-term security needs.

Maj. Gen. Anna-Lee Reilly emphasized the importance of collaboration with industrial partners to equip Ukraine with the necessary demining and ordnance disposal capabilities. This assistance is crucial not only for current combat operations but also for ensuring a safer environment for the Ukrainian people in the aftermath of the conflict.

The provision of demining equipment comes in response to the significant danger posed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over 887 Ukrainians have been injured due to explosions caused by such hazards since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion. This latest aid package from the UK is a vital contribution to the ongoing efforts to mitigate these threats and protect civilian lives.

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