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28 Jun 2018

Belarus, Ukraine to finish border demarcation by 2026

MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – The long-term state border demarcation plan for 2018-2026 has been approved at the 17th session of the Belarusian-Ukrainian demarcation commission that gathered in Lutsk (Ukraine ) on 26-27 June, BelTA learned from official representative of the State Border Committee of Belarus Anton Bychkovsky.

He underlined that the on-the-ground work to demarcate the Belarusian-Ukrainian border kicked off in 2014 when the border line was fixed by temporary border markers. The agreement between the Government of Belarus and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine endorsing the demarcation of the state border came into force on 25 November 2014.

At present demarcation works are underway at several sections of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. “Demarcation means fixing a state border on the ground. It implies delimitation - drawing boundaries on the map. These boundaries are subsequently transferred on the ground and are marked by border markers,” Anton Bychkovsky said.

The state border between Belarus and Ukraine is 1,084.2km long, of which 758.3km lies on land and 325.9km runs along the rivers (the Dnieper, the Sozh and the Pripyat). About 120km of the border passes through the so-called Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The border runs along densely wooded areas, impassable territories, bogs, small lakes, and a broad network of melioration canals most of which have been out of use for a long time.

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