Ukraine to Build New Berlin Wall to Keep Russians Out

  • The project will cost around eight billion hryvnas ($517.3 million) and take four years
  • It's also stupid
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KIEV, December 9 (TASS) - Building a wall to reinforce border with Russia will take up to four years, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting on Tuesday.

The wall project will cost around eight billion hryvnas ($517.3 million), he said.

The ground section of the border will feature a ditch at least four meters wide and two metres deep equipped with systems of optic electronic surveillance, towers and other structures

Opinions about Wall project

The wall, which is being built on the Russian-Ukrainian border, is unacceptable, Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland said on November 25. "The wall destroys the fate of people and their families. This is unacceptable. It is necessary to strengthen an idea of 'Common European Home'," Jagland said.

The sea section will be equipped with optic electronic surveillance devices


The wall on the border between Ukraine and Russia will not last long, the head of Russia’s federal border agency said in November. “From the viewpoint of economy and politics, in my view, this is an unnecessary step,” Federal Agency for the Development of the State Border Facilities (Rosgranitsa) head Konstantin Busygin said.

The project cost, according to Yatsenyuk, was estimated at 66 million euro


“At a certain point, Germany was divided by a wall. And this one (in Ukraine), even if it’s built, it’s all the same temporary, it will be broken sooner or later,” he said.

Nikolai Bordyuzha, the secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a regional security body, said in late October in Vienna at a round table dedicated to security threats that the “Wall” project “is worthless and can be used as a monument to human stupidity.” He did not rule out it was a “latent form of withdrawing money from the budget.”

Photo: A trench, part of a project that envisages the construction of a wall along Ukraine's border with Russia, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, 15 October 2014


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said September 3 that Ukraine is starting to build a fortified 2,295-kilometer border with Russia. In line with the project dubbed “Wall”, a ditch 4 meters wide and 2 meters deep will be dug on the land border with Russia.

By now, a 80-meter long and three-meter wide anti-tank ditch has already been dug along the border with Russia, the UNIAN news agency quoted Sergey Moskalenko, a deputy chief of the eastern regional department of Ukraine’s state border service


The ditch will be supplemented with optical-electronic surveillance systems, watchtowers and other facilities. Remote control systems will be installed at the sea border.



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