The project provides for “providing technical assistance to border guards to effectively counter emerging threats to the national security of Ukraine.”

The State Border Service of Ukraine (SBSU) and the U.S. Embassy signed a joint plan to strengthen the security of the northern and eastern sections of the Ukrainian border, for the implementation of which $20 million in assistance will be provided. This was reported on Friday by the SBSU.

“The start of the project will start in January 2022, and the total amount of assistance is being considered in the amount of $20 million,” Sarah Langenkamp, a representative of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, quotes the State Security Service of Ukraine.

She noted that the project provides technical assistance to border guards to effectively counter emerging threats to the national security of Ukraine, including the possibility of providing the State Border Service with unmanned aircraft systems, special vehicles, video monitoring, communications, equipment, etc.

The First deputy chairman of the department, Vladimir Nikiforenko, called the signed document “a plan of joint actions for the implementation and improvement of the capacity of the State Border Service.”

According to him, we are talking about ensuring, first of all, the urgent and priority needs of the linear units of the state border, the protection of personnel, ensuring personal safety, the comfort of staying in the field, and the high-quality performance of tasks at the state border. “Today we have a very difficult situation in the east of Ukraine, on the northern borders, and this technical cooperation project is aimed at strengthening security at the border,” Nikiforenko said.