JTI Foundation partner FSD (Fondation suisse de déminage) has been operating in Ukraine continuously since 2015. The current phase of its program is based in the provinces of Kharkiv and Chernihiv.
The program is taking a multi-facetted approach to the problems presented by mines and explosive remnants of war, with three key objectives:
• a high-level assessment of potentially mined areas of Kharkiv oblast;
• education of the civilian population on the dangers mines present;
• the clearance of mines from former battle-areas and critical urban infrastructure.
Over the two years of the program, FSD plan to deliver 38 reports on areas contaminated by mines, around 200 risk-education workshops for local non-combatants, and to clear 120,000 square meters of battle-area and other infrastructure.
It is expected that this combination of non-technical and technical (mine clearance) activities will achieve maximum benefit to local populations in the shortest possible time.