Servicemen of the field engineering troops of the Southern Military District have swept more than 1,500 hectares of croplands of mines and have defused around 200 explosive objects over four months of this year, the press service of the Southern Military District told Interfax.
"In a complete sweep of the terrain of explosive objects at economically important facilities and on croplands in the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia more than 1,500 hectares had been cleared and around 200 explosive devices had been unarmed since April," the district's press service said.
It said that the minesweeping had been made in the Itum-Kali and Achkhoi-Martan districts of Chechnya and in the Sunzha district of Ingushetia. Around 500 servicemen and more than 30 units of special machinery have participated in the minesweeping operation.
"The most frequent 'finds' in demining are 30mm shells of the Soviet automatic cannon 2A42. Around 120 similar shells have been found. Some 15 122mm anti-tank shells, five 82mm anti-infantry mines and five F-1 grenades and many other things have been found," the press service said.
Sappers have used T-72 tank-mounted BMR-M route clearance vehicles with a track-wide sweep and IMR-3 combat engineer vehicles in the demining operations, the press service said.
"The personnel of the field engineering troops of the Southern Military District will have to sweep more than 2,600 hectares of economically important facilities and croplands of explosive objects in 2015," the press service said.
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