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“We will approve the ‘Wall’ project," Yatsenyuk said at a cabinet meeting.
The border with Russia is 2,295 km long. It is necessary to immediately close the border, deputy border guard chief Pavel Shisholin said, when presenting the plan.
The plan calls for immediately starting engineering work to dig a four-metre wide and two-metre deep ditch and equip it with electronic systems. The border in the sea is also planned to be under full electronic monitoring.
Yatsenyuk said the government would apply to the EU for financial aid to impalement the project, adding the government had funds to implement the first stage.
A Russian senator said bridges, not walls and ditches, should be built between Russia and Ukraine.“Yatsenyuk’s statement about construction of a moat or a wall or mining of the border is quite an inadmissible move of history planned by Kiev authorities,” Yuri Vorobyov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s upper house Federation Council, said on Thursday, commenting on Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s statement about construction of a wall on the border with Russia.
“Such statements cause dissonance against the background of the Russian president’s peace plan. A way to be separated by walls and ditches is a way to nowhere,” the senator said, adding that such statements were purely propagandistic.
“I do not think it is possible to build such a wall... but the course of political developments is alarming,” he said, adding that “The two fraternal nations certainly sooner or later will be close brothers as it has been since ancient times,” he added.
Yatsenyuk, speaking in the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, said Ukraine had begun to build “a real border”. “We start the project ‘Wall - Construction of a Real Border between Ukraine and Russia’,” the premier said.