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Laos, Russia armed forces conclude UXO removal tasks in Khammuan

Lao and Russian armed forces on Mar 27 concluded joint efforts to remove unexploded ordnance (UXOs) for humanitarian purposes which have been implemented since Nov 23, 2021 in Nakai, Khammuan Province.

Present at the event included Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Russian Ambassador to Laos Vladimir Kalinin and representatives of relevant authorities.

The joint team comprising Lao and Russian deminers has removed UXOs over 25 out of planned 120 ha, destroying 91 bombs including 51 bomblets, one 500-pound bomb, and removing 4,190 bomb pieces and 1,402 metal pieces, according to Col. Andrey Likasov, Russian Military Attaché to Laos.

On this occasion, Gen. Chansamone also expressed gratitude to the Russian Federation for its provision of military equipment and technical assistance to support mine removal efforts in three provinces of Laos namely Xieng Khuang, Borikhamxay and Khammuan noting that more efforts need to be exerted in Khammuan to remove unexploded ordnance for the safety of local people.

Source: Lao News Agency