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 500 million to be spent on Wall project in 2017, - State Border Service

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The state Border Service of Ukraine plans to spend 500 million hryvnia ($19.46 million) on the Wall project of strengthened border between Ukraine and Russia.

This was announced by head of the agency Petro Tsyhykal in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

"As of today, we received 600 million hryvnia for 2015-2016, which is about 15 percent of the total. The plan stipulated for allocation of 2.194 billion hryvnia by this time. In 2017, 200 million were allocated for the project. The budget amendments provided for additional 300 million hryvnia.

"We expect a total of 500 million hryvnia this year, which is 55 percent of the funds needed for this year only," Tsyhykal said.

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The head of the State Border Service said the lack of funding slows down the project implementation. He said 274.6 kilometers of anti-tank ditches, 47.1 kilometers of no-man's lands, 84 kilometers of fences, and 179.9 kilometers of belt roads have been constructed.

The project stipulates for construction of enhanced protection along the border with Russia in the Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Luhansk regions. By the end of the year, Tsyhykal said, the works should be finished in the Kharkiv region.
 
 
 
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