Monday, May 1 2017 19:17 EEST
President conveyed modern means of military radio communication to the border guards: One of the key elements of internal security is security on the Ukrainian border
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President Petro Poroshenko visited the Main Center for Communication, Automation and Data Protection of the State Border Service of Ukraine. The Head of State conveyed means of radio communication received within the projects of international technical assistance from the U.S. Government.

The President noted that he is pleased to have an opportunity to convey highly efficient and modern equipment received from our American partners. These are means of military radio communication of various types of production of HARRIS company worth of more than 21 million dollars, over 0.5 billion hryvnias.

“This equipment will significantly improve the efficiency of our actions, the efficiency of defense of our state border. It will organize a secure telephone radio communication between the border guard units and improve interaction between the AFU units. It will help efficiently resist enemy’s tools of radio-electronic warfare,” Petro Poroshenko said and expressed gratitude to the United States for support and assistance.

According to him, Russian aggression against our country in the east and in Crimea is continued. And the enemy did not only invaded our territory, but also tries to destabilize the situation in other regions. “Thus, the issue of reliable internal security of the state is really acute. Certainly, one of the key elements of internal security is security on the Ukrainian border,” the President emphasized.

The Head of State stressed that the state begins with the border, as our guests see smiling and beautiful faces of our female border guards and our doors are always open. “And the border guards are the first to fight those who came to our borders with weapons in their hands. We must do everything to ensure top level of our border service,” he said.

Petro Poroshenko noted that we saw the efficiency of Ukrainian border guards who decently fulfill their missions in the area of hostilities.

The attendees honored memory of 67 heroes – border guards fallen in battles for Ukraine with a moment of silence.

“Today, we have no right to wishful thinking. No terrorist, no separatist, neither weapons nor explosives can cross the state border and administrative border with temporarily occupied Ukrainian Crimea. Special attention will be paid to the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, state border with Russia,” Petro Poroshenko noted.

According to him, the border of Ukraine must be shut for those having bad intentions and crossing the border in the uncontrolled parts on tanks bringing artillery systems, MLRS, ammunition. At the same time, he added that the Ukrainian border must be transparent for everyone with good intent.

The President informed that in the course of recent negotiations with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the parties reached an agreement to complete the process of demarcation of the Ukraine-Belarus state border in the nearest future. It will be an additional factor of enhance security of the two countries. “I believe that the Ukraine-Belarus border was, is and will remain a border of friendship, good neighborliness and our partnership,” he said.

Petro Poroshenko was firmly reassured by the Belarusian President that “West – 2017” Belarusian-Russian strategic training near the Ukrainian border will not be turned into Russia’s preparation of a bridgehead for the invasion of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus.

The Head of State also noted that along with accumulation of military component and reformation of the border service, the country pays attention to the improvement of social guarantees of the warriors. He added that he will also present keys from the new housing to the border guards. “This year, 200 million hryvnias were allocated for the housing of the border guards. This will provide housing for 320 families,” the President informed.

Petro Poroshenko handed certificates and keys from apartments to 20 border guards and their families.

The President assured that the authorities will do everything possible to raise the prestige of the Border Service.

The border guards expressed gratitude to the President and assured of willingness to defend the state border reliably.

The ceremony of conveying equipment was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin, Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov and Head of the State Border Service Viktor Nazarenko.

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