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Ukraine plans to open two checkpoints at border with Crimea

The Ministry of Infrastructure also plans to open official bus station with a terminal station at the border crossing point
10:09, 22 September 2018

State Border Service

Ukrainian Ministries plan to build new crossing points “Kalanchak” and “Chonhar” at the administrative boundary line with Crimea by the end of this year. Yurii Lavreniuk, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure claimed this at the Kherson economic forum, Krym.Realii reports. 

‘It was decided to allocate funds from the reserve fund of the State budget. In particular, the Ministry of Infrastructure allocated $3.7m from the reserve fund for the building of two entry-exit checkpoints, and $70 thousand for project documentation,’ Lavreniuk claimed. 

Related: Border Guard Service comments on detention of Ukrainians in annexed Crimea

According to him, the Ministry of Infrastructure yet paid the services of the National Academy of Security Service of Ukraine, which developed the projects for entry-exit checkpoints. 

Lavreniuk stressed that the checkpoints would be built by the end of November – beginning of December 2018.  

Related: Chemical emission in Crimea: 61 Ukrainian border guards need medical help

‘We build from scratch. The entry-exit checkpoints we have today do not correspond to the conditions and realities needed during the crossing of people the temporary administrative boundary line, during the line of duty of border police officers and intelligence. There are no basic human conditions, sanitary zones etc. We are planning to build temporary works, high-quality zones, and services for people,’ the Deputy Minister told. 

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The Ministry of Infrastructure also plans to open official bus station with a terminal station at the border crossing point.

As it is known, Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 after the illegal referendum. On March 17, 2014, Putin signed an order which recognizes Crimea’s “independence”. On the next day, he signed an agreement which joins Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.

Related: Russia supports militants in Donbas with weapons captured during Crimea annexation

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