Arsen Avakov: Technical support from the US Department of Defense and 66 new apartments - we are strengthening the border and taking care of border guards! (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on April 28 handed over to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS) 569 HF/VHF band HARRIS type tactical radio sets and software for them worth totally US$ 21 million. The equipment was provided within the framework of the partner project of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the US Department of Defense: "Strengthening the Capacity of the State Border Service of Ukraine".
"I am glad to participate today in the ceremony of handing over to border guards the modern highly effective equipment, which we have received from our partner - the United States of America. This equipment will greatly enhance the effectiveness of your actions, the efficiency of protection and defense of the state border; it will allow to organize a secure communication between the units of the border guard service and to improve significantly interaction with units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. You will be able also to resist the electronic warfare of the aggressor in a more efficient way", - said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
The Head of State handed over the certificates for the equipment to the representatives of the following Regional Directorates of the SBGS: the Western Regional Directorate, the Eastern Regional Directorate, the Northern Regional Directorate, the South Regional Directorate, the Azov-Black Sea Regional Directorate, and the Main SBGS Center for communication, automation and information protection.
These 569 tactical radio sets include: four stationary, 239 portable, 170 truck-mounted, and 156 man-portable radio sets. They will be installed on the ships (boats) of maritime protection division, at the posts of technical surveillance, which are located in the units of state border protection in the ATO zone, and also transferred to mobile units. In addition, they will be used by the personnel of border patrols. The new technology will provide for a secure connection; text messaging; data transfer channel with speed from 12 Kbps to 1.3 Mbps; protected information channels for interaction between the State Border Service, the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard. The total budget of this project is US$ 24 million, the implementation period: 2017-2020.
During the ceremony the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko together with the Minister of the Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov and the head of the State Border Service Viktor Nazarenko handed keys from 66 corporate apartments (54 one-room and 12 two-rooms apartments) to the SBGS staff. Official housing was obtained by the employees of the Separate Checkpoint "Kiev" in Borispol airport.
The Minister of Internal Affairs informed that UAH 23 million were allocated from the state budget for the construction of this housing. Additional UAH 200 million were allocated from the state budget at the request of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the building of housing for border guards. Until May 2018, the construction of several more houses will be completed.
"Social protection of the MIA employees and providing them with housing is one of the most important components of the law enforcement system reform! Worthy salary, worthy benefits package and provision of housing on the one hand, high requirements for motivation and quality of service - on the other: this is our formula for development and success", - stressed Arsen Avakov .
Department of communication of MIA-Ukraine
Photos by Andrew Novytski