The United Nations' International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed on April 4 each year. This day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. "Mine action" refers to a range of efforts to clear landmines and explosive remnants of war and to mark and fence off dangerous areas. It also includes assisting victims, teaching people how to remain safe in a mine-affected environment, advocating for universal participation in international treaties related to landmines, explosive remnants of war and their victims, and destroying landmines stockpiled by governments and non-state armed groups.
On April 4, the large-scale event organized by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine together with UNDP. The event was supported by Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, SES, and numerous NGOs. The representatives of the Main Departments of the SES of Ukraine in Donetsk region took place in the event, too. With the help of visual materials (posters, booklets, leaflets), rescuers introduced students to the types of explosive devices. Specialists of the Rescue Service paid special attention to the fact that explosive objects constitute a mortal threat. Moreover, everyone could get acquainted with the ammunition of the pyrotechnic units, take photos, and even sit in the real armored vehicle.
The children shared their emotions about the celebration: “Such events are extremely important. One case is to hear about the dangerous objects, and another case is to see it with my own eyes”.