Border guard chief: No tanks, armoured vehicles at border with Ukraine

The situation at Belarusian-Ukrainian border is stable and under control, Leanid Maltsau, head of the Belarusian State Border Committee, told reporters in Minsk on May, 27.

According to the official, security was bolstered amid Ukraine`s political and security turmoil. ‘We have deployed several additional border outposts and checkpoints. Aircraft and other equipment have been employed,’ Mr Maltsau said. Police have been used to maintain security in areas close to the Ukrainian border, he added.

General Maltsau denied regular reports about the presence of tanks and armored personnel carriers at the Belarusian side at the border. ‘There’s no need for that. We reliably protect the state border,’ news agency BelaPAN quotes him as saying.

The official described smuggling as the main threat at the border and also expressed concern about a large number of illegal weapons in circulation in Ukraine.

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