Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ukrainian volunteers help build a wall to keep out pro-Russia militants

Volunteers from the initiative group from the Bila Tserkva (a city in central Ukraine) help to build a high-tech wall along the demarcation line to keep out the pro-Russia militants.

In 2015, two sides agree on dividing line from where they should pull back heavy weapons, but fail to agree on troops withdrawal. Under the plan, Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists pulled back their heavy arms 15 kilometers on either side of the line, but and just now firing and fighting collisions continue*.

The Ukrainian volunteers decided to help soldiers and army to restrain and control the possible offensive from the side of pro-Russia militants. They developed the special project of building the towers with sensors to allow to detect and record the movement across the demarcation line.

Photo by Yuriy V. Moskalenko

The “Volunteer tower” is provided recognizing approaching insurgents, relaying real-time information, or protecting front-line soldiers, an elevated sensor platform enhances virtually any defense outfit. They can improve early warning capabilities, streamline communications between field and base operatives by extending the line of sight, and can act as the first line of defense for enhanced soldiers protection.

Photo by Yuriy V. Moskalenko

Several such towers, for their own money of volunteers, already were installed in Eastern Ukraine to help Ukrainian soldiers.

Page of Volunteer group from the Bila Tserkva

*From the beginning of March 2014, protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, together commonly called the “Donbass”, in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement.

These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, and the Ukrainian government.

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