Ukraine reconsiders border wall fearing it could be stolen

by Systematic

Ukrainain Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (R) touches a piece of gate as he visits a newly constructed section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, near the Goptivka border crossing, north of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, on October 15, 2014. A
Ukrainain Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk visits a newly constructed section of the Ukrainian-Russian border near the Goptivka border crossing on October 15, 2014 (Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers decided that the expensive border installations would require additional protection, and the country’s budget can’t afford that.

The “wall” that’s supposed to separate Ukraine from Russia in only a few months transformed itself from a complex fortifications belt (at least on paper) into a three-meter-deep ditch which will not even be fenced in. ukrFence

Those are the most recent news from the CabMin special meeting which has already simplified the design out of the desire to save money. This time they calculated that it would be too expensive to maintain the security devices and moreover it would be necessary to hire special security guards to prevent the locals from pilfering security systems for souvenirs and scrap metal.

Therefore only actual border crossings will have a fence, while the rest of the “wall” will be limited to ditches and video cameras. […]

Read in full Yatsenyuk reconsiders the border fence out of fear it would be stolen at Fort Russ


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