Plans proceeding for “Wall” at Ukrainian-Russian border

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2014/09/05 • News

The “Wall” project will be carried out in two stages and will include several layers of protection at the Ukrainian-Russian border, Pavlo Shysholin, first deputy chairman of the Border Control Service, explained during a presentation of the project to the Cabinet on Friday, September 5.

According to Shysholin, the project will begin with a few sections of the border outside the ATO area (out of a total 2,295 km sea and land border with Russia).

“During the first phase, the project will be implemented in areas outside of the fighting, where we can ensure the safety of the work. These are boundaries  of the  Chernihiv, Sumsk, and Kharkiv oblasts, as well as sections of the northern regions of the Luhansk Olbast, starting with Horodyshche up to the junction with the Kharkiv Oblast, he said. The second phase will be realized in other parts of the border after the end of the fighting, he added.

Pavlo Shysholin

Pavlo Shysholin

“The planned engineering-technical work will include dirt and concrete ditches( with a minimum 4 m width and 2 m depth), ring roads, towers, trace detection strips, and various optical-electronic surveillance and electronic-signaling systems … to prevent the movement of vehicles from the territory of the Russian Federation,” he said.

Shysholin  explained that the maritime boundary in the area of Mariupol, Berdiansk and Henichesk will be secured as well, with optical-electronic surveillance systems and fortifications to protect against landings from the sea. He also recommended that the border between the annexed Crimean peninsula and the Ukrainian mainland be included in the project.

Prime  Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said that Kyiv expects to receive financing help from the EU for the second phase of the “Wall” project, since the “border with Russia is the eastern border of Europe.”

“In fact, it is the reinforcement of Europe’s eastern border. We realize that this is a very expensive project. This is why after confirming this project at the EU donor’s conference, we will address the request for the financial and technical assistance for its implementation,” Yatseniuk said. He added that the first phase of the project will be financed by Ukraine. The government has not yet announced the total cost for building the “Wall,” but said that both the materials and production will be Ukrainian.

According to Shysholin, the Ukrainian-Russian border has not even been demarcated yet. The most challenging area consists of 500 km of the border in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, he said. This part of the border was problematic even before the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where “criminal gangs attempted to establish the illicit traffic of goods, weapons and ammunition and drugs.”

Sources: Pravda, BBC Ukraine, UNN

Compiled and translated by Anna Mostovych

 

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  • Brent

    Something Putin can be really proud of. Russia, Ukraine’s ‘brother nation’, has become such a bad and unreliable neighbor that Ukraine has to build a fence and surveillance system to keep the “Colorado infestation” out!

    Great job of “protecting Russia speakers”, Vlad. Not only have you alienated your ‘brothers’ to the point they don’t want you loose in their ‘gardens’, they have to exterminate all those “Colorados”. You’re dreams of once again becoming a great world power and a new world order have instead backfired and reduced you and your terrorists to the value of a useless annoying potato beetle infesting their gardens. Not exactly the notoriety of a ‘Great World Power’ you were seeking, is it?

    Maybe at your next birthday party you can lament with Kim Jong Un why Frau Ribbentrop and Comrade Hollande turned down your invitation…

  • Jacks Channel

    A great idea. This will help keep the Stalinist army hordes out of Ukraine.

  • Dirk Smith

    Win-win situation. Creates jobs and keeps the muscovite cancer out of Ukraine. Ukraine will grow and prosper like Poland while Russia remains in the middle-ages. Perfect.

  • http://google.hu/ Tooni

    Sorry to say that, but that wall, even the idea sounds mad.

    • Arctic_Slicer

      That’s because it’s being built to keep the madman, Putin, out.

    • Murf

      An old saying “good fences make good neighbors.”
      It’s not just a physical barrier it’s a psychological one. It says; we are no longer brothers, Get used to it.

      • http://google.hu/ Tooni

        Whoa, for a psychologtical effect even a simple concrete fence would be enough. But the plan for this monstrosity is horrenduously megalomaniac. Who will finance this?

        Ukraine hasn’t got the money to build such things.
        And it’s not even sure yet that the russians will not occupy Eatern Ukraine!

        • Murf

          Their plans are rather Maginot lineish but fortifying the boarder to some extent will be necessary to control ‘Russian infiltrators and shit instigators.

  • Dean Venture

    It’s too bad the Ukraine has a neighbour so belligerent they have to build this wall. When the iron curtain came down, I thought this sort aggression would be done with through most of Europe.

    A new iron curtain is going up, only this time, instead of keeping Russians in, it’s there to keep them out.

  • Arctic_Slicer

    This project should also be good for helping some unemployed Ukrainians some work, even if it is temporary.

  • Murf

    Putin won PARTS of two rust belt provinces, a barren peninsula with a harbor he already had access to.
    The west got the underdeveloped economy with huge growth potential.
    The Ukrainians got out from under Russias thumb and chart their own national course free from a restive and disloyal minority group.
    Not an ideal scenario but in the end I call it a win for the UA.
    Good luck from the US

  • sandy miller

    tHIS SOUNDS CRAZY pUTIN WILL HAVE INVADED AND ANNEXED uKRAINE BEFORE THEY PUT ONE STAKE IN THE GROUND. A BOMB CAN KNOCK DOWN THE WALL IN A MINUTE. wELL i GUESS IF IT PROVIDES NEEDED JOBS WHY NOT….WHERE WILL uKRAINE GET THE MONEY WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE THE ARMS OR EQUIPTMENT TO HELP THE SOLDIERS RIGHT NOW. HOW MANY SOLDIERS ARE REALLY FIGHTING IN THE UKRAININA WAR….I HAVE TO WONDER IF THEY CAN’T GET REINFORCEMENTS? eVERY YOUNG UKRIANIAN MAILE SHOULD BE CONSSHOULD BE CONSCRIP