Ukraine to shut down border with Russia, considers using land mines
11 June 2014, 14:01 -- Ukraine intents to close off its border with Russia in the east, advisor to Ukraine's minister of the interior Anton Gerashenko said. Earlier the Ukrainian government decided to partially close off the border in the eastern part of the country where the fighting between Ukrainian military and local militia continues unabated. At the moment a total of eight border entry points were shut down.
Ukrainian authorities claim that armed militants enter Ukraine via the Russian border, though Russian officials did not confirm this statement.
'While we should consider other options, the border needs to be shut down immediately. The necessary measures and methods are being evaluated now,' Gerashenko said.
When asked whether the Ukrainian authorities intend to use land mines, he said that it's risky as 'minelaying on Ukrainian territory endangers the lives of Ukrainian citizens and livestock.' He also added that while the national security is paramount, the pros and cons of this particular option need to be considered carefully.
'There are many other options other than using land mines, but they require both time and money, and we don't have much of either,' Gerashenko said.
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