KYIV, (BM) – Ukrainian authorities have equipped about 400km of anti-tank trenches on the border with Russia as part of the so-called Wall project, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Sega. This was announced on Wednesday by the head of the State Border Service of the country, Sergei Deineko, quoted by TASS. “Throughout work, about 400 km of an anti-tank trench, 70 km of barbed wire, and 100 km of the metal fence have been equipped,” he said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
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Deineko said the project’s initial cost is about $ 143 million, then reduced to $ 90 million. “To date, 2 billion hryvnias have been spent. Three hundred thirty-eight million hryvnias (about 12 million dollars) are planned for this year “and informed the department’s head.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk presented the Wall project in 2014 as a line of fortifications on the 2,000-kilometer border with Russia. The work expects to complete in six months, but the deadlines were extended first to 2018, then to 2021, and 2025.
In March 2016, investigators from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau in Ukraine opened a criminal case for stealing 16.7 million hryvnias (about $ 623,000) during the implementation of the Wall project. In 2017, eight people suspected of involvement in a corruption scheme were detained. According to the investigation, many employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and business representatives overestimated the volume of work performed compared to those specified in the documents and attracted fictitious companies to withdraw funds allocated for construction. In addition, the records indicate work that has not been done at all.
What is happening?
On April 1, Russia began locating a lot of Russian weapons on the border with Ukraine. The Belarusian side noticed similar actions. A Ukrainian journalist was the first to film the movement of military convoys.
The revelation forced the Kremlin to explain after the public learned about what was happening. “The Russian Federation is moving troops within its territory at its discretion; this should not bother anyone; it does not pose a threat to anyone,” said presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
According to him, the Russian Federation is taking the necessary measures to ensure its borders ’security. “You know that along the perimeter of the borders of the Russian Federation; there is increased activity of the armed forces of NATO countries, other associations, individual governments, etc., etc. All this obliges you to be vigilant,” Peskov stressed.
“As for the participation of Russian troops in the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine, Russian troops have never participated in it and do not participate in it. This is a highly internal Ukrainian conflict, and we, European countries, other countries would not want armed forces of Ukraine, the civil war in Ukraine flared up again,“ said Peskov.
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