The ground preparation machine for humanitarian demining created by Kharkiv engineers has received a certificate of compliance. Kharkiv Regional Military Administration head says it is ready to start mass production.

This equipment can be serviced and repaired in Ukraine. Its function is to neutralize anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, as well as the tripwires. This machine is robotic and can be controlled from a safe distance, which will save the life and health of the operator.

Kharkiv to launch production of machines for humanitarian demining / Photo: Oleh Syniehubov, head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

“This is a very important thing, because Kharkiv region is one of the most contaminated with ammunition. The occupants mined everything: roadsides, roads, fields, forest trails, recreational areas. We are grateful to Ukrainian engineers, scientists and sappers for this huge contribution,” commented Oleh Syniehubov, head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

PFM-1 anti-personnel mine, also known as a Green Parrot or Butterfly

PFM-1 is one of the most widespread anti-personnel mines that Russians leave in the occupied territories in forests, around roads, trails, parks, and even in the yards of private houses.

This land mine is a high-explosive anti-personnel landmine produced by the Soviet Union and Russia. It has several names, including the Green Parrot and the Butterfly Mine. These mines can be scattered from helicopters, combat aircrafts, and mortars. They glide to the ground without detonating and only explode upon contact at a later time.

PFM-1 mine / Photo credit:

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the international community adopted the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention prohibiting the use, production, stockpiling, and transferring of these weapons and requiring action to prevent and address their long-lasting effects.

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