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US to Help Clear Deadly Mines in Ukraine With $89 Million in Aid

A Ukrainian deminer carries unexploded material while clearing an airport in the town of Hostomel, Ukraine, on May 5. 

A Ukrainian deminer carries unexploded material while clearing an airport in the town of Hostomel, Ukraine, on May 5. 

Photographer: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

The US government is committing $89 million to assist Ukraine in clearing land mines and other unexploded ordnance scattered through through the country since Russia’s invasion, a State Department official said Tuesday.

The funds will go to nongovernmental organizations and entities to support the creation of 100 mine-removal teams to augment Ukraine’s existing efforts, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of a department announcement.