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SES of Ukraine received 12 pyrotechnical vehicles for humanitarian demining from the Government of Japan and UNICEF

Kyiv, 1 December 2016: A total of 12 pyrotechnical vehicles were officially handed over to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) today at the Fire and Rescue Station #25 in Kyiv. The vehicles were procured by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the financial support of the Government of Japan.

The vehicles are designated for humanitarian demining teams and will be used to transport the teams to and within areas contaminated by landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in conflict-affected areas of Eastern Ukraine.

The total value of the 12 four-wheel drive vehicles, equipped with lighting loudspeaker systems, portable HF radio sets, SES “Pyrotechnical Vehicle” livery, is approximately USD 370,000. Six of them have winches.

“Japan is supporting Ukraine in all fields, and I hope this delivery of 12 pyrotechnical cars will enhance the humanitarian cooperation between our two countries”, said Sigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine.

“Families and especially children living close to the contact line are under the constant threat of stepping over landmines and explosive remnants of war. We hope this support to the demining efforts will help bring safety to civilians in conflict-affected areas, and contribute to the re-establishment of peace and stability”, said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine will distribute the vehicles among its territorial units in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv regions, and the 2nd Special Center for Rapid Response of SES (Drohobych city, Lviv region) and the Training Centre of Оperational-Rescue Service of Civil Protection of SES of Ukraine (Merefa city, Kharkiv region).

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