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28.10.2019 (13:32)

Russian military engineers on the first day of humanitarian demining in Laos found six explosive objects

Russian military engineers of the International Main Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces in the first day of humanitarian demining around the city of Phonsavan (Xiangkhouang province) found six explosive devices and artillery ammunition.

A specific feature of mine clearance in this territory is a high concentration of unexploded ordnance and their components, not related to explosive objects. Mine Clearance personnel have to respond to each signal from the detectors and carry out the digging out, identify and determine the degree of danger of each item. On the first day, sappers examined 549 signal sources, most of which turned out to be fragments of shells and aerial bombs.

The sappers have to carry out joint humanitarian demining of 120 hectares of land near the city of Phonsavan. The task of Russian military engineers includes the search, detection and assessment of the state of explosive objects that are located in the ground at a depth of 40 centimeters to 2.5 meters. The military personnel of the U-58 mine clearance unit of the Lao army will be engaged in the destruction of the found ammunition, both at the detection sites and at specialized training grounds.

The Russian mine clearance team consists of 34 servicemen from the International Armed Forces Center of the Russian Armed Forces, who already have experience of wok in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Several decades ago, active hostilities were conducted in the territory of this province, which undoubtedly complicates the work of sappers.

From October 2018 to March 2019, Russian sappers have already cleared the territory of Laos. Then they cleared 104 hectares of the country, more than 340 explosive objects were detected, most of them - American cluster bombs.

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