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Zelenskyy: Ukraine building 2,000 kilometers of fortifications

“The defense in three lines with a length of 2000 kilometers is a large-scale task, but the pace is good now,” Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy said following a meeting with military commanders.
Ukrainian military constructs fortifications
Ukrainian military constructs fortifications. Credit: Ukrainian Border Guard Service/TG
Zelenskyy: Ukraine building 2,000 kilometers of fortifications

Ukraine is building 2,000 kilometers of fortifications across three lines of defense, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on 11 March, following a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s Headquarters.

Ukraine has allocated UAH 17.5 billion ($466 million) for the construction of fortifications, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced in January, saying that it was a “record amount.”

In a recent meeting with military commanders and ministers, Zelenskyy addressed crucial matters concerning the situation at the front, weaponry, and the construction of fortifications.

According to Zelenskyy’s Telegram post, Denys Shmyhal presented a report on the progress of building new defensive lines. The President emphasized the significance of this task, stating, “The defense in three lines with a length of 2000 kilometers is a large-scale task, but the pace is good now. I count on timely completion.”

The meeting also covered detailed briefings from the command regarding the situation on the battlefield. Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi, Chief of the General Staff Anatolii Barhylevych, and local commanders presented reports. The discussions included the Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Mariinka directions, as well as marine infantry operations.

Additionally, the meeting addressed the provision of necessary supplies to the front, with reports from Minister of Defense Rustem Umerov and Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin.

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