Crimea gets fenced off from Ukraine

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Russia's FSB national security service (successor to the old KGB which is, like the old KGB, also in charge of border protection, among other things) has finished, according to reports in Russian media today, fencing off Crimea's 50 km land border with Ukraine


FSB Border Guard troops patrolling near a section of the new fence




FSB had long demanded funding to build this fence (topped with electrified razor wire, I heard), to prevent alleged Ukrainian spies and saboteurs from sneaking into Crimea.

Here, last year, FSB agents in Crimea apparently capture a Ukrainian man with various tools on his person, near an electric power line pylon, they said he was sent to sabotage the powerline


Yevgeniy Panov, a Ukrainian citizen detained by FSB in Crimea also last year

Came in legally, as a tourist. But FSB claimed that Panov, who is ex-military, was in fact there on a secret assignment for Ukrainian military intelligence, possibly to direct sabotage operations and even assassinations of local politicians. They showed a secret cache of weapons on TV that they claimed belonged to him. And there were other alleged co-conspirators put on trial along with him. Ukraine, of course, denied all of it and claims to this day he is an innocent man and a political prisoner (who has been sentenced to 8 years in a Russian prison camp).

Anna Sukhonosova and her husband, Dmitry Dolgopolov, also arrested by FSB in Crimea last year


Dolgopolov was also former Ukrainian military, who ostensibly defected from the ranks in 2014 and stayed in now-Russian Crimea along with his wife and in fact joined the Russian military instead. FSB, however, claims the pair, in fact, stayed behind as undercover agents for Ukraine's SBU secret service. It is alleged that, among other things, they may have helped Ukrainian spies sneak into Crimea and stay there illegally. Like that Panov fellow. Dolgopolov maintains his and his wife's innocence, of course. Could be lying. Or, could indeed be innocent, but learning that painful life lesson: nobody trusts a traitor... ;) Their trial is ongoing.

Etc.

Long story short, also last year, there were alleged sabotage actions blamed on the Ukrainians, which cut off gas and power to parts of Crimea and led Russia to temporarily seal all border crossings: Russia Seals Crimean Border Crossings With Ukraine

It was after that, that the FSB announced the new fence project: FSB plans to build 50-km fence on Crimea’s border with Ukraine

Could be Ukraine really was behind that sabotage. Or, the FSB themselves, to justify the fence :D

Who the hell knows...
 
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Russia's FSB released this photo of the new border fence in Crimea

Russia has finished building a high-tech security fence along annexed Crimea's border with mainland Ukraine.

The fence, more than 60km (37 miles) long, is topped with barbed wire and has hundreds of sensors.

Russian forces annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 - a move condemned internationally. Crimea has a Russian-speaking majority.

Russia's FSB security agency says the fence is necessary to prevent "infiltration attempts by saboteurs".

An FSB statement, quoted by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency, said the fence would also thwart smugglers trading in illegal weapons, drugs, alcohol and other contraband.

The fence spans the neck of land connecting Crimea with Ukraine's Kherson region.

Most of its sensors pick up vibrations from any potential intruders, the FSB said, but some are also radio-location devices. Russia has similar equipment along its northern and eastern borders.



On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lifted martial law in the country's border regions, which was imposed last month after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov.

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron demanded that Russia release 24 Ukrainian sailors it captured along with the two small gunboats and a tugboat last month in the Kerch Strait, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

The two leaders also asked for free access for all ships through the strait, in a joint statement.

Moscow accuses the 24 navy personnel of illegally crossing the Russian border, but Ukraine says Russia captured the boats illegally and accuses Moscow of military aggression.

Ukraine has also erected border fences since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. New fences went up in the Chernihiv and Kharkiv regions, north of Kiev - regions bordering on Russia. Ukraine also has a new fence in Kherson region, near Crimea.


In 2015 Ukraine erected this fence and dug a ditch along it in Chernihiv region near Russia
Russia completes Crimea security fence

Also:
Russia builds border fence between Crimea and Ukraine proper


It's all fucking sad... Two nations born of same blood now fencing themselves off from each other... :(
 
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Maybe we could subcontract with the Russkies to build OUR wall.

Since they are finished over there, they may be looking for their next job...
 
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The Man

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Maybe we could subcontract with the Russkies to build OUR wall.

Since they are finished over there, they may be looking for their next job...
The wall you need would be much, much longer than 60 km though... Much harder and more expensive to put up...
 

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