16:41 Nov. 22, 2016
Equipment worth EUR 2 million aims to help strengthen the border with Belarus
The equipment and vehicles worth two million euros were officially presented today in Zhytomyr to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. This technical assistance is a part of the SURCAP Phase 2 project, strengthening the capacity of border agencies of Ukraine and Belarus on protection of the joint border. The project is funded by the EU and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
European Union provided the following equipment: 25 all-terrain vehicles Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Trendline; 6 minibuses Volkswagen T6 Kombi; 45 motorcycles Enduro PR4; 10 quadricycles Outlander L Max 570 DPS; 30 thermal imaging binoculars Archer TGX-8/75-640; 4 sets of wireless detection system Defendec; 66 pairs of cross country skies Elan "Himalaya".
"We need to secure borders so that we can efficiently detect and fight smuggling and other illegal border crossings. At the same time, we have to make sure that legal crossing for people and goods is as smooth as possible," stressed Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine. "The European Union has been a major partner of Ukraine in this endeavor, with contributions to integrated border management exceeding EUR 100 million, and today's handover of equipment takes us one step further to our mutual goal of security, freedom, and justice."
While both countries were a part of the Soviet Union, the border between them was conventional, simply dividing two administrative regions. So, no typical border infrastructure was installed there. Moreover, 20% of the border goes through rivers, and significant part - through dense forests.