|Last update: 10-Jul-2006 16:41||NATO Update|
Largest ever demilitarization project launched in Ukraine
A contract was signed on 19 June 2006, at the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv, between Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency for the destruction of 1000 Man-portable Air Defence Missiles (MANPADS).
This is the first element of the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project to destroy surplus munitions and weapons in Ukraine. A demonstration of the destruction of MANPADS took place on 20 June near the town of Shostka in Northeast Ukraine.
A deadly legacy
The presence of such huge stockpiles is dangerous and represents
a direct threat to the safety of the population of Ukraine as well
as a potential security threat to the region. Three ammunition
depots in Ukraine have suffered devastating explosions in the last
few years and the situation will worsen as the stockpiles age and
Largest project ever
It is the largest Trust Fund project established by NATO and is the single largest demilitarization project ever undertaken.
The project, established at the request of Ukraine, is led by
the United States with funding from 12 other NATO Member and Partner
Nations (Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom)
and the European Union.