International | Operations & Exercises
By a member of Joint Task Force-Ukraine
In 2005, April 4 was proclaimed to be UN Mine Awareness Day. The theme for this year’s Mine Awareness day was Advancing Protection, Peace and Development. It called for countries to establish and develop national mine action capacities for not just mines but also explosive remnants of war, including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
In Kamianets-Podilskyi, at the Defence Demining Center, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been working with the Armed Forces of Ukraine to help enhance their Explosive Ordnance Disposal training. UN Mine Awareness Day was not only a fitting event for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists to commemorate, but also because this issue is something in which Ukraine is profoundly invested due to the military engagements along the eastern border.
“As the Officer Commanding the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Capacity Development efforts of Operation UNIFIER, I see clearly just how important this subject is to the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” noted Major Josh Bye. “Many of the Ukrainian soldiers that come through this training have firsthand experience from the Joint Force Operation Zone; almost everyone in Ukraine knows someone fighting there right now. This training will help their Sappers safely deal with explosive threats, making Ukraine safer and stronger.”
Over the course of UN Mine Awareness day, members of Operation…