Ukrainian Border Service strengthens control on border due to Zapad 2017 exercises
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has strengthened security measures at all sections of the border in connection with the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad 2017 (West 2017), which will be held from September 14 to September 20.
"Now control at all the sections of the state border is being intensified. The situation is being monitored not only in the north, but also in the ATO area, the western, southern, and eastern sections and on the border with occupied Crimea. Border guards will cover the directions of possible provocative actions and armed incursions into the territory in a close interaction with the Armored Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the National Police," reads a statement on the website of the State Border Service.
Two-level command and staff exercises of command and control units have been launched in the Border Guard Service. They are conducted within the framework of the operational training of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The reserves of the State Border Service are also involved in the exercises.
As reported, Ukraine's Armed Forces Chief of Staff and Commander-in-Chief Viktor Muzhenko said the Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 exercise poses a threat to NATO countries and the nations of the post-Soviet world. Due to this Ukraine is preparing for various scenarios amid Zapad 2017 military exercise, he said.