03 of September 2020 08:15

This was stated by the Head of the SBGS during his stay on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border sector within the Zhytomyr and Chernihiv BG detachments.

This was stated by the Head of the SBGS during his stay on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border sector within the Zhytomyr and Chernihiv BG detachments.

He personally inspected the readiness of the units to perform the tasks, whereas border guards are currently on high alert.

“Currently, the border guard units guard the state border with the Republic of Belarus closely. We have mobilized additional forces and resources to ensure proper border protection. These measures are aimed primarily at preventing unusual situations or any provocations. The situation remains calm,” Serhii Deineko said.

He added that Ukrainian border guards collect and take into account all available information that may affect the border protection state. The operation and investigation units, border guard inspectors are actively used in operational and service activities, the number of border patrols has been increased. In addition, the necessary reserves were deployed, including the boats “Safe Boat 27” of the mobile border guard detachment “DOZOR”, which were received as part of international technical assistance. Air monitoring is constantly provided by border guard aviation forces and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Border guards also provide registration for about 5,000 people entering and leaving Ukraine every day. At the moment, there are a total of 7 BCPs at the border sector with Belarus. Moreover, 10 BCPs have been temporarily closed by the Government of Ukraine decision since March due to measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

It was emphasized that the movement of illegal migrants is not typical for the border sector with Belarus, but in 7 months of this year almost 50 foreigners were found to have violated the rules of stay in Ukraine, as well as more than 30 potential illegal migrants who were denied entry. Instead, about 400 attempts to smuggle goods were recorded and stopped, most notably tobacco and consumer goods. 40 weapons most of them cold steel were also revealed.

The Head of the State Border Guard Service defined further tasks for the chiefs of border guard detachments and focused their attention on prompt and quick decision-making in case of aggravation of the situation or in case of non-standard situations.

“We have enough resources to ensure reliable protection of border with Belarus. And our main task is to be vigilant, to strengthen the fight against illegal activities and to prevent any provocations. People crossing the border should be provided with all the appropriate conditions according to the law, but our actions should be decisive in case of attempts to violate the border,” said Serhii Deineko.

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