Ukraine drafting deal with NATO on setting up trust fund to demine Donbas – defense ministry
Ukraine's Defense Ministry is preparing to sign an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers and NATO on the implementation of a trust fund project for the neutralization of explosives and countering improvised explosive devices.
At a Government meeting on Wednesday, August 29, "the Ukrainian side decided to sign the agreement," head of Department of Environmental Safety and Demining, Colonel Maksym Komissarov told a briefing in Ukraine's Defense Ministry on August 30, according to the ministry's website.
"We expect that the NATO side will sign it off as well. Following that, a trust fund will be created, which will help destroy improvised explosive devices and clean our territory of explosives," the officer said.
As of today, eight NATO trust funds are operating to support Ukraine in development of its Armed Forces' operational capabilities and their general transformation.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in March 2018, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said it would take 15 years to demine Donbas areas in the event of early completion of hostilities.