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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine implemented the Wall project on the border with the Russian Federation by 40% as of the end of May 2020.

The relevant figure was mentioned by the border guards in response to a request from analysts of Ukrainian NGO StateWatch.

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The Wall project is financed under the Border Engineering Measures budget program of the State Border Guard Service. The department is controlled by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry headed by Arsen Avakov.

The program provides for the allocation of UAH 400 million (US$14.9 million) in 2020, of which UAH 53 million (US$1.9 million) was spent as of June 1.

The Wall project has been under construction since 2015 as a defense complex to counter Russian aggression. A total of UAH 1.7 billion (US$63.6 million) has been spent on the project for five years.

The project was supposed to be completed in 2018, but later was postponed until 2021.

The State Border Guard Service says the deadlines of the project and its completion should be rescheduled for 2025 due to a decrease in the funding and an increase in the costs of work. A draft of the relevant resolution has already been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.