France to help demine Chernihiv Oblast, aid in identifying dead civilians by DNA

16 August, 11:53 AM
Specialists of the State Emergency Service inspect the places where hostilities took place (Photo:dsns.gov.ua)

Specialists of the State Emergency Service inspect the places where hostilities took place (Photo:dsns.gov.ua)

France is to help clear Chernihiv Oblast of landmines, Vyacheslav Chaus, the head of the northern Ukrainian oblast’s regional military administration, said in a Telegram post on Aug. 15.

France will train Ukrainian specialists in mine clearing, first adviser of the French Embassy in Ukraine Bruno Caussanel and the embassy's humanitarian aid attaché, Frédéric Rousseau, told Chaus at a recent meeting.

The officials also discussed the possibility of creating a DNA laboratory that will work on identifying the bodies of dead civilians, Chaus said.

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This comes amid reports that Russian invasion forces twice shelled the Novhorod-Siverskyi community in Chernihiv Oblast on the morning of Aug. 15.

Chaus reported that since 8 a.m. on Aug. 15, more than 70 explosions (probably from artillery fire) had been recorded on the outskirts of the village of Kamyanska Sloboda.

There is damage to civilian buildings, he said.

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