Militarization of annexed peninsula: Ukraine reinforces regional Crimea border

11:17 Sep. 23, 2016

Ukraine reinforces regional Crimea border

a Crimean tatar activist stands guard at concrete blocks at a check-point in the village of Chonhar in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine close to the de-facto border with Crimea (AP Photo)

Kyiv will send 10 train-loads of supplies to shore up mainland border with Crimea

Ukraine is sending around 10 train-loads of supplies to reinforce the border between its Kherson region and annexed Crimea, Newsweek reports.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014 and, although the move was not recognised as legitimate by most of the world's states, Moscow-appointed officials have governed the region ever since.

Ukraine has made clear that it does not intend to regain the territory through military means. However, Russia has rearmed the peninsula regardless.

Read also Russian policy in Crimea is a colonization (analytics)

According to the head of the regional administration of Kherson, Andrey Gordeev, the region's border with Crimea, the only land border between mainland Ukraine and the annexed peninsula, will undergo a security reinforcement.

He did not specify what form the reinforcement would take. However, the move comes after border guards in Kherson reported an uptick in Russian helicopter activity near the region's border with Crimea last week.

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