UKRAINE, Apr 12 — The Ukrainian Government will allocate an additional $96 million to continue the construction of fortifications along the entire frontline, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. According to him, the Kharkiv region will receive $43 million to strengthen its fortifications, and the Sumy region will receive another $38 million.

“Additional resources will also be allocated to the Donetsk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions. In total, since the beginning of the year, the government has already allocated $761 million for the construction and arrangement of fortifications along the entire frontline,” emphasized Denys Shmyhal.

Fortifications are designed to increase the effectiveness of weapons and military equipment, ensure stable command and control of troops, and protect troops and the population from enemy weapons. The conversation about lacking fortifications along the frontline began after the Armed Forces withdrew from Avdiivka on February 17, and reports about soldiers having to dig trenches under Russian fire started to come in.

Ukraine is trying to build new fortifications. BBC reports, citing their sources in engineering troops command, that the current priority is building fortifications near Zaporizhzhia, in the western part of the Donetsk region, where Russians maintain their offensive, and also near Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region and along the eastern border with Russia.

According to Shmyhal, the fortification work continues around the clock, and the results are already visible. “We are strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities in all directions,” he wrote.

In some areas of the frontline, the construction of fortifications is at 92-98% completion, said Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the national telethon. He noted that three lines of defense are being built in areas where there’s no combat at all, too.

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