On Friday, May
22, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has checked progress in the
installation of the Ukrainian-Russian state border at the checkpoint Senkivka (Chernihiv region).
Minister has inspected engineering works, built in the first phase of the
installation of the "European Rampart" and got acquainted with the
samples of equipment and latest border guard facilities.
He recalled that
work on the construction of the state border "European Rampart" had
been launched last year. This
project, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, "should
enable Ukraine to protect its territory first of all - from subversive groups,
Russian terrorists and bandits, from illegal border crossing, illegal
migration, weapon and drug traffic."
Minister has highlighted that this should be the first border, which, in
particular, makes it possible not to allow the Russian military to get on the
territory of Ukraine.
emphasized that the "European Rampart" project became "actually
electronic control system over the state border." It
provides four possibilities for electronic identification - "both on the
ground and from the air, including involving unmanned vehicles", "The
whole system is reduced to one panel, and the operator takes decisions with
regard to the fact who crossed the
border - whether it manpower or
then instructs either to detain or to destroy those who infringe the
territorial integrity and security of the Ukrainian state."
According to the
Prime Minister, fences will be installed only in the area of border
crossing points: "There will be engineering structures and electronic
monitoring along the state border line aimed at protecting the entire border. Including
combat modules as mobile and stationary, their purpose is to defeat those goals
that pose a threat to the Ukrainian state."
completely changed the ideology. Electronic
means are ten times more effective because they enable to control the entire
border," he stressed.
emphasized that much had been done in terms of design documentation, thus the
state enterprise "Directorate for construction and operation of
cross-border infrastructure" had been established.
Minister noted that the first draft of the "European Rampart" had
valuated at up to $1 billion. However,
following consultations with experts from the US, Israel and EU, the Government
managed to cut the costs of the project five times.
The total amount of funds envisaged by the project
makes up UAH 4 billion: "UAH 2.5 billion will be forwarded for electronic
tools and the so-called "iron", UAH 1. 5 billion –
for construction activities".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that out of these UAH 4 billion "the sum
worth UAH 1.5 bln will return to the State budget in
taxes”, as to implement the project there engaged mainly Ukrainian enterprises,
"which both perform construction and installation activities and produce
equipment that will be used on the state border of Ukraine".
"So this project has two goals. The first and main goal is to
protect from the Russian saboteurs and terrorists. The second is to create new
jobs, conclude public contracts and develop Ukrainian science", stressed
the Head of Government.
He recalled border development projects demonstrated by Ukrainian
companies: "I can admit I'm proud of those scientific developments
demonstrated the Ukrainian companies today – they are world-class
"I hope that we will have orders from our western partners regarding
how to equip the state border", he added.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed that the European Rampart project envisages
the completion of the entire engineering and electronic system within four
years: "Until the end of 2018 the entire Ukrainian-Russian state border
will be built, assembled and will effectively protect Ukraine from Russian
During a visit of a checkpoint the Prime Minister inspected the progress
of construction of engineering facilities, which include a system of artificial
obstacles on the possible directions of machinery traffic, guard towers and
observation posts, a solid ditch, the fence, alarm devices and so on. There
have also been installed elements of engineering arrangement of the checkpoint,
protective structures to shelter passengers and staff.
The coordinator of the state border development project Ihor Poludenko reported that
through 2014-2015 there had been built 115.2 kilometers
of anti-tank structures, 82 km of lateral roads, 417 kilometers
of the buffer strips, 10 km 750 meters of barriers.
There have been installed 49 observation towers in all areas of Sumy, Kharkiv
and Chernihiv regions. In general for this scope of
work there has been spent UAH 160 million, which were obtained in the shape of
the international technical assistance.
By the year’s end the State Budget envisages 300 million UAH for the
construction of the European Rampart. Using the aforesaid funds by September 1
it is planned to construct anti-tank structures – 385.7 km, barriers - 90 km, 7
strongholds of the buffer strip, 214 km of the buffer strip and lateral road -