Ukrainian Spring Center introduces new development to protect sappers' legs
Ihor Yefymenko, the Director of the "Ukrainian Spring Center," announced the launch of anti-mine boot production in Kharkiv
He shared this information during an interview on the Espreso TV channel.
“These protective boots are designed to redirect the blast wave of a mine explosion away from the sapper's leg. Instead of the explosion occurring beneath the foot, the blast is directed to the side, thereby reducing its impact,” Yefymenko explained.
These boot attachments are designed for this specific purpose. They consist of a platform with legs that can be deployed in various directions. When an explosion happens, all the energy is deflected away from the limb, preventing injuries.
Yefimenko further stated that these boots can withstand and dampen the energy from explosions, even those generated by more powerful mines. They are constructed using composite materials.
Mine danger in Ukraine
The UNDP reported in March that the mined area in Ukraine is 4.5 times larger than the size of Switzerland.
In the summer, the Ministry of Economy expressed hope to demine and make 80% of the land usable within a decade. In August, Ukraine received certification for its first domestically-produced land preparation machine for demining, capable of effectively neutralizing anti-personnel and detecting anti-tank mines.
As of September 22, Ukraine was set to launch a market for humanitarian demining services through Prozorro.
In October, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal revealed that approximately 6 million Ukrainians are at risk of encountering landmines.
People are strongly advised against visiting fields, forested areas, and other open spaces that have not been inspected by sappers, especially in previously occupied territories.