Russia seeks to fence off occupied Crimea from Ukraine before July 2018
The Russian government plans to complete before July 2018 the construction of barrier structures along the de-facto border of annexed Crimea with Ukraine.
According to the Federal Security Service (FSB) unit on the illegally-annexed peninsula, the fence will be some 50 km long, while construction works are set to be completed by July 2018, Russian news agency TASS reports.
Occupation authorities claim that with this move, they intend to "ensure security" on the peninsula. The project will cost the Russian Federation over RUB 200 million.
Read alsoGerman Intelligence chief: No hope for Crimea; Russia's power ambitions to growAs UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced immediately after the annexation of Crimea on March 19, 2014, that a bridge should be built across the Kerch Strait. Later, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order to appoint gas pipeline construction company Stroygazmontazh owned by oligarch Arkady Rotenberg as a general contractor for the construction of a bridge linking Russia to Crimea. The Russian government originally planned to build it before December 2018.