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EU Surprised About Kiev Plans to Spend Loan on Border Wall Construction

© REUTERS / Maksim LevinUkrainian servicemen patrol Orekhovo village in Luhansk region January 28, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen patrol Orekhovo village in Luhansk region January 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
In early April, Ukraine plans to start wall building on the border with Russia. Brussels is not delighted about the fact that Kiev will spend a substantial part of the EU aid package for this purpose.

The construction of the wall on the border with Russia is expected to start early April, but the EU countries are far from being excited about this new project, “Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten” reported.

An agreement with the European Union provides for the strengthening of Ukrainian borders, but not the construction of the wall, spokesman of the European Union Maya Kosyanchich said, cited by the media source.

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The intention to construct a wall after the “Berlin model” was announced by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk in September, 2014. The politician said that only this way Ukraine can establish a truly national border.

The electric fence with barbed wire and mines is expected to have a length of 2,000 kilometers and cost around 100 million euros. The project will be financed mainly by EU taxpayers' money, what, of course, does not make European countries feel very excited about the planned project.

The wall will, in particular, be built along Kharkiv and Lugansk regions; the latter is currently under control of local militias. It is unclear how the construction in the Lugansk region will run, as it may automatically lead to a renewed violence escalation, the newspaper wrote.

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