The current crisis in and around Ukraine has led to large areas of the country being contaminated by deadly explosive remnants, including landmines, as well as impacted by the proliferation of illicit SALW and SCA. These pose a serious risk to human life and are obstacles to social and economic development. In response to those challenges, the national authorities of Ukraine requested technical assistance from the OSCE. In response to those assistance requests, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine developed several tailored Extra Budgetary Projects designed to introduce necessary policy regulations and standards, ensuring a co-ordinated approach among all agencies involved.
OSCE efforts aim to build Ukrainian agencies’ institutional and technical capacity to prevent and combat SALW and SCA trafficking, as well as to successfully demine designated regions. In that respect OSCE is supporting Ukrainian authorities in two distinct tasks:
Firstly, to increase the safety of the people in crisis-affected areas, the Co-ordinator assists in ensuring dangerous areas are clearly marked, promotes mine risk education efforts and facilitates dialogue between local communities and demining actors on the issues.