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Ukraine's border with Russia entrenched

02-04-2014 16:12

Border guards together with militaries have dug 123 km-long ditches and trenches along the Ukrainian-Russian border, Chief of the Eastern Regional Department at the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS) Andriy Kucherenko briefed the press on Wednesday in Kharkiv.

"This is an obstacle that stops not only smugglers, but also military vehicles for some time. This will enable to deploy units of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine," he said. According to Kucherenko, on the border there are 97 checkpoints, including 238 concrete blocks to block a possible intrusion of vehicles or military equipment into the Ukrainian territory. "There are military terms as "convergence of efforts" and "direction of probable movement of trespassers". In this case it is about troops. No one is digging ditches for no particular reason, they are dug in those areas that are dangerous," the official said. Kucherenko recalled that the border guards have the right to use weapons against trespassers: first they make a warning shot into the air, then shoot to kill.