VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN): Russian demining teams have detonated more than 3,000 UXO items left over from the Indochina War, provided UXO clearance training for Lao specialists, and donated detectors and other field equipment.
Starting in 2018, Russian demining teams, representing the International Demining Centre of Russia’s defence forces, have carried out humanitarian UXO clearance in Borikhamxay and Xieng Khuang provinces, according to a statement from the Russian Embassy to Laos.
Hundreds of hectares of arable and other land have been restored to normal use, and more than 3,000 UXO devices have been detected and destroyed.
Russian demining teams have also organised special classes for people in local communities to teach them what to do if they find unexploded ordnance.
This is a very important part of the Russian clearance mission as it helps to save dozens of lives.
This form of direct assistance from the Russian government is considered to be a significant contribution to UXO clearance in Laos, as the removal of ordnance and the clearance of land for farming and development purposes is one of the country’s Sustainable Development Goals. - Vientiane Times/Asia News Network