Kharkiv region to construct machine-gun pillboxes

11:08, 31 March 2015
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A total of 31 machine-gun pillboxes will be built on the territory of the Kharkiv region, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Ihor Rainin said on Ukrainian television’s Channel 5 on Monday.


"The Cabinet of Ministers has allocated funding, but because of certain procedures this money will come later," he said.

"We asked the building companies to form a team and to start construction without money. None of the companies in Kharkiv region refused. This shows the pro-Ukrainian mood of Kharkiv’s citizens," Rainin said.

According to Rainin, some 300 defensive fortifications are also to be built along the line of contact between government-controlled territory and the parts of Ukraine where Russian-backed militants have seized control from the Ukrainian authorities.

"Most of the work will be carried out in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, and Dnipropetrovsk region. On the orders of the president, all regions should be involved in this process," he said.

As reported earlier, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing, and Communal Services Hennadiy Zubko said that the construction of fortifications in the east of Ukraine should be completed by mid-May.

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