Ukraine increased its patrols along the border because of the exercises “West-2017”
KIEV, Sep 3 — RIA Novosti. The state border service of Ukraine has strengthened border patrols on all sites in connection with the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” September 14-20, said on Sunday the TV channel “112 Ukraine” the assistant to the head of the state border service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan.
“These measures carried out since the beginning of September. We have launched the command post exercise, which was to strengthen the land border in all directions from the zone ATO, Northern, Western, southern, that is, in all the areas we are strengthening measures at least for the period up to the end of the exercise “West-2017”, — quotes its words TV website.
According Slobodyan, Belarus prior to the beginning of the exercises already start arriving Russian troops. “Therefore, the situation needs to be controlled, and these measures we have already carried out”, — he stressed.
The joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercises “Zapad-2017” will be held 14-20 September on the territory of Belarus.
According to the defense Ministry, the exercises will be attended by up to 12.7 thousand military personnel, it is planned to involve, in particular, about 70 aircraft and helicopters, and 680 pieces of equipment.