The Department has announced its intention to provide $89 million in FY 2022 funding to the Government of Ukraine to help it overcome the immediate humanitarian challenges posed by the explosive remnants of Russia’s brutal war,” the U.S. State Department said in a written statement.
In the statement, it was stated that active mines and unexploded ammunition were found in many regions due to the war. The statement included the following:
“Russia’s illegal and unreasonable invasion of Ukraine has filled a large part of the country with land mines, unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices. The grotesque use of improvised explosives by Russian actors, as we have seen in Ukraine, was previously only associated with Daesh in Syria. These explosives block access to fertile farmland, delay rebuilding efforts, prevent displaced communities from returning to their homes, and continue to kill or maim innocent Ukrainian civilians. The Ukrainian Government estimates that 160 thousand square kilometers of land could be dangerous. That’s roughly the size of the states of Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut combined.”