Secretary of the national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov urged Ukrainian border guards to build “insurmountable fortress” on the border with Russia. He stated this in his congratulatory message to the day of the border guards published on the website of the NSDC.
“For us it is important to equip the state border in the West, by European standards — comfortable and reliable, and to the East to create an insurmountable fortress. I am convinced that our guards will adequately fulfill all the tasks set by the country!” — Turchynov wrote.
In September 2014, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was then the head of the government of Ukraine started the project “the Wall”. According to the plan, the state border with Russia for nearly two thousand kilometers need to be equipped with anti-tank ditches, watchtowers, signaling means, and the reference points for the border guards. Until 2018 for these goals was supposed to spend four billion hryvnia (about 200 million dollars).
On 19 January the Governor of Kharkiv oblast Yulia Svetlichnaya said that due to lack of funds in the region implementation of the project “the Wall” is suspended. In July 2016 the Verkhovna Rada, Borislav Bereza said that the fence looks like a garden lattice, which will not stop even a wild rabbit.
Turchinov since December 2014 he is the Secretary of the NSDC. After the coup and the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych as President in February of the same year he held the position of Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and then four months after becoming acting head of state.