Contents tagged with border with Russia

  • Estonia to spend 188 million euros to reinforce border with Russia

    Deutsche Welle reports that construction of infrastructure and equipment for technical surveillance systems on the Estonian border with Russia is scheduled to begin in 2019 and continue through 2026. The total cost of the project is expected to be 188 million euros.

    On Saturday, June 2, the Estonian parliament, called the Riigikogu, reported on its website that the Estonian Ministry of the Interior has partnered with the European border guard service Frontex for the project.

    Earlier, the …

  • Russia continues to reinforce Donbas border

    Russian border guards are placing barbed-wire barriers and digging anti-tank ditches on the border with the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), Alexander Belokobylsky wrote in an article for Radio Liberty.

    There is evidence for this in stories on YouTube and in satellite images from Google. Russia’s border construction process can also be monitored using information from the country’s state purchases website.

    The official explanation is the fight against smuggling. …

  • Journalist: Two convoys of Russian infantry vehicles headed towards Ukraine

    On April 7, residents of the Russian settlement Petrovka in the Rostov region filmed a convoy of BMD infantry fighting vehicles that were moving toward the border with Ukraine, reports Voice of America journalist Fatima Tlisova on Twitter.

    Residents told the journalist that this is the second convoy of Russian BMDs that drove through their settlement. Each BMD can carry three crew members and five airborne troops. The distance from Petrovka to the border with Ukraine is more than 80 km. …

  • Ukraine puts air force on high combat readiness as Russian warplanes approach its borders

    On Thursday, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine observed provocative actions by Russian Aerospace Forces for the second time in March, as reported on Facebook by the Air Force Command.

    “Fighter and bomber aircraft of the aggressor country carried out flights from the Shaikivka, Krymsk and Belbek airfields and closely approached the Ukrainian border, the line of delimitation between the mainland of Ukraine and the Crimea; they came within 40 km of the shoreline of the Black Sea, and …

  • Russian parliament may refuse to recognize Ukrainian borders

    Konstantin Zatulin (United Russia), First Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma committee for CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad, proposed that the Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty be renounced with respect to the section where the countries recognize each other’s territorial borders, RIA Novosti reports. The MP believes that the treaty favors Ukraine “one-sidedly”.

    “In an article of the treaty we recognize the territorial borders of Ukraine, and …

  • Finland strengthens its border with Russia

    The Finnish Border Guard is deploying additional personnel to enhance control on the border with Russia, Yle news agency reports.

    The decision was made due to an increase in the number of tourists from Russia as well as the international situation. Perhaps, a more telling reason was the significant reduction in the number of border guards over the past three years.

    "From 2014 to 2017 a massive reduction of border guards has been observed at the Finnish-Russian border. In some regions, their …

  • Following assassination of Amina Okueva Ukraine will strengthen control at its borders with Russia

    The SBU (Security Service of Ukraine), the National Police, and the State Border Service have been instructed to strengthen the anti-terrorist and counter-intelligence regime, NSDC (National Defense and Security Council Of Ukraine) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.

    This decision was made in connection with recent acts of terrorism, sabotage, daring murders, and mass provocations, the website of the National Security and Defense Council states. Turchynov said that these events are connected …

  • Russia blocks OSCE placement at border stretch not controlled by Ukraine

    Russia has refused the expansion of the OSCE mission along the entire stretch of the border belonging to the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces which are temporarily not controlled by the Ukrainian Government, Interfax-Ukraine reports. In connection with this decision, the Ukrainian delegation to the OSCE made a statement expressing deep disappointment in Russia’s sole refusal to give consent.

    “Such actions by Russia are evidence of a deliberate unwillingness to facilitate the de- …

  • Kyiv considers introducing criminal penalties for illegal border crossing from Russia

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a draft law on amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine regarding responsibility for illegal crossing of the state border (No. 7017). The text of the bill is posted on the parliament's website. Its authors are the leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity" faction, Arthur Gerasimov and the Deputy Chairman of the faction, Presidential Representative in the Parliament, Iryna Lutsenko.

    The draft law proposes that the Criminal Code of Ukraine be …

  • The wall on the Kharkiv stretch of the Ukrainian border with Russia will be completed this year

    The engineering and technical development of the state border with Russia in the Kharkiv region as part of the European Wall project should be completed in 2017, as stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.

    "This year the task is set and the border guards are ready to completely cover the entire Kharkiv border stretch as part of the European Wall project. This year it’s the Kharkiv region, followed by Luhansk and Sumy. These are our plans and we will insist on full financing," …