Ukraine increases funding to fortification construction

Denys Shmyhal
Denys Shmyhal

The Ukrainian government has allocated an additional UAH 8 billion ($202 million) to the construction of battlefield fortifications, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal announced on April 23.

He said that the funds were made available through a revision of other state budget expenditures.

Shmyhal notes that, since the beginning of the year, the government has directed approximately UAH 38 billion ($961 million) to the construction of defensive lines.

"We do not intend to stop there; our task is to create a robust defensive barrier that will protect our soldiers and provide our army with an advantage on the battlefield," the PM added.

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On January 19, the Cabinet allocated a record amount of over UAH 17 billion for the construction of military fortifications.

On March 11, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine is building three lines of defenses stretching 2,000 kilometers.

On April 2, Shmyhal announced an additional UAH 5.6 billion for fortification construction in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kherson oblasts.

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