Russian engineers completed training to carry out tasks for mine action in the forests of the Lao province of Bolikhamsai, which was subjected to massive bombing of the U.S. air force during the civil war in the 1960-1970-ies. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of defense of Russia.
The readiness of the troops appreciated the commander of the International anti-mine centre of the Russian Armed forces. Checked equipment and various systems of protective sapper suit. In addition, center staff undertook training.
The engineers will be seconded to Laos for five months. They would have to clean up explosive objects more than 100 hectares of forested area 350 kilometers from Vientiane, the Lao capital.
Civil war in Laos was fought between the government of the country that supported the United States and South Vietnam, and the guerrillas of the movement of the Pathet Lao, received aid from the Soviet Union and North Vietnam. The conflict began in December 1960 and officially ended in 1973, but after his graduation and the coming to power of the Communists in 1975 in the jungle in the country remained militia Hmong, vooruzheniia CIA to fight the Pathet Lao. Last Hmong surrendered to the Lao authorities in the mid-2000s.
According to open sources, during the conflict in Laos, American aircraft dropped on the territory of the state, over 270 million cluster bombs. This exceeds the amount of ammunition dropped by the U.S. on Germany and Japan in world war II. As a result of the bombing, a fact which Washington has long recognized, the Lao land by the end of the civil war remained 78 million unexploded shells. The country has been the mission for mine clearance, but the civilian casualties still cannot be prevented in particular because of the desire of local residents to earn on the sale of scrap metal.
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