The forces of the national guard, the police, the armed forces of Ukraine and “other reserves” are taking part in the operation coordinated by the border guards, it was reported. As emphasized, these are the next steps to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian border in order to “prevent a migration crisis and counteract illegal activities.”
The deputy head of the border guard, Volodymyr Nikiforenko, said that the risk of “a spreading of the migration crisis” on the border remains and there is a likelihood of redirecting flows of migrants to Ukraine.
Control over the border is to be exercised by an increased number of border guards, and the forces and resources are also strengthened in sections where illegal immigrants may try to cross the border, the release reads. Aviation, drones and surveillance equipment are used to patrol and monitor the border. Checkpoints on roads are also to be in operation, and the main routes leading to the border are to be patrolled. There are also scheduled inspections of bus and train stations. “Preventive measures” are to be carried out in border towns.
Earlier it was reported that 8.5 thousand people will be directed to the border of Ukraine with Belarus. additional military and policemen.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, quoted on Monday by the Dzerkało Tyżnia website, emphasized that Ukraine coordinates with Poland, Lithuania, and EU countries, “that Alyaksandr Lukashenka would stop using migrants as a weapon against our partners, friends and potentially against ourselves.” According to Kuleba, quoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the migration crisis, the military escalation of Russia along the border and in the temporarily occupied territories, the increased level of Russian propaganda in the EU and Russia’s actions to paralyze the Normandy format and the Minsk process are elements of the same game aimed at increasing pressure on on the EU (in order to obtain) concessions “.
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