Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has
attended a transfer ceremony of vehicles and equipment to the State Border
Service of Ukraine from the European Union on Monday.
Union provided equipment
and technical assistance valued at over EUR7 million. The State Border Guard
Service received 335 pieces of equipment, including 142 thermal scopes, 142
off-road vehicles, 51 Volkswagen T5 station wagons, and 36 laptops.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk along with Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan
Tombinski and First Deputy Chairman of the State
Border Service of Vasil Servatiuk
visited a military unit and military town of a mobile border detachment of the
State Border Guard Service in Kyiv, checked the latest automated examples of border
control systems, satellite communication systems, became familiar with the
professional training of border guards. They
visited a residential complex, where apartments for border guards are actively
being constructed, first of all for ATO soldiers.
During the transfer
ceremony of equipment, Arseniy Yatsenyuk
stressed that the issue of territorial integrity and independence of the
Ukrainian state, which faced Russian aggression, is one of the key on the agenda
of the international community. "According
to the Minsk deal, one of the key conditions that the Russian Federation has to
fulfill, in addition, to get away from Ukraine with its military and
mercenaries, is the restoration of full control over the Ukrainian-Russian
state border," he reminded.
The EU and the US
are providing a real practical assistance to help the Ukrainian state regain
control over the state border. "In
order to make the Ukrainian Border Guard Service actually European one and
perform basic tasks on the impossibility of illegal border crossing and control
over this border, our European partners have allocated a significant amount of
financial resources invested in the purchase of new equipment, vehicles, modern
control systems," Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
He thanked the
European Union, personally Jan Tombinski and all the participants
and representatives of the international diplomatic corps for the real support
for Ukraine in the fight for the integrity of its borders, independence and fight
against Russian aggression.
He noted that the
Government has started the construction of a new high-quality European system
of protection of the state border of Ukraine since last year. "This
is the European Rampart project, which will give the opportunity to close the
state border from Russian terrorists, supply of illegal weapons, drugs, illegal
migration, as well as heavy machinery," he added.
Minister highlighted that the key precondition in obtaining a visa-free regime
with the European Union is the safety of Ukrainian borders. "That's
why Ukraine started to build the European Rampart project and it is for this we
need an updated electronic control system for our borders," Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated.
these few months we have built over a hundred of kilometers of anti-tank
ditches, about 50 observation towers, 400 kilometers of trace bands," he
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also informed that by the end of the year at the
expense of the state budget will be built 300 apartments for Ukrainian border
guards, especially those involved in the ATO.
remind you that, according to the Minsk deal, one of the key conditions that the
Russian Federation has to fulfill, in addition, to get away from Ukraine with
its military and mercenaries, is the restoration of full control over the
Ukrainian-Russian state border", Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted.
In his turn, Jan Tombinski said that the today's event as well as the EU support
is "a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine," Jan Tombinski said.