Croatia signs agreement to assist Ukraine with demining
Ukraine and Croatia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in demining. The agreement was inked by Ukraine's Minister of Economy, Yuliia Svyrydenko, and Croatia's Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković
This collaboration was officially reported by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.
Svyrydenko emphasized the importance of Croatia's experience, given its own recent history of conflict. She noted that unexploded mines and shells are enduring reminders of the aftermath of war, and Croatia's expertise is invaluable to Ukraine in the areas of demining, reconstruction, and restoration.
The agreement involves the sharing of technical knowledge, specialized security equipment, and educational programs for civilians, contributing to capacity building in Ukraine.
"Croatian-made demining equipment is already operational in Ukrainian fields, enhancing safety. Ukrainian and Croatian manufacturers have agreed to produce such machinery within Ukraine, deepening our cooperation," the statement reads.
The agreement marks the beginning of a new phase in cooperation, uniting governments, experts, specialists in demining, and manufacturers from both countries. Their collective goal is to make Ukrainian territory free from mines.
- Previously, Ukraine and Croatia had also agreed to utilize Croatian ports along the Danube and the Adriatic Sea for transporting Ukrainian grain, while Croatia's government donated 1 million euros to support demining efforts.
- During the Ukraine-Balkans Summit in Athens on August 22, Ukraine's President held meetings with the President of the European Commission and the leaders of Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and North Macedonia.
- Following a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Croatia's Prime Minister announced on August 22 that his country will allocate a new 30 million euro military aid package to support Ukraine.