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Poland to build fortifications on the border with Russia by 2028

May 27, 2024

By 2028, Poland will build defensive fortifications on the border with Russia and Belarus as part of the Shield East program, equipping detection systems, advanced bases, logistics hubs, and drone countermeasures.

This was reported by RMF24, citing a presentation by the Polish Ministry of Defense.


According to the head of the country's defense ministry, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the national deterrence and defense program "Shield East" is the largest operation to strengthen Poland's eastern border and NATO's eastern flank since 1945.

He informed that the main objectives of the program are to impede the movement of potential enemy troops, facilitate the movement of their own troops and protect the population and ensure the highest security for those serving in the Polish Armed Forces.

Kosyniak-Kamysh explained that this requires a multi-year infrastructure plan, which includes "fortifications and various kinds of barriers, but also the most modern airspace monitoring systems for all parameters, at all altitudes."

The Minister emphasized that the program aims to "unite all political circles." He expressed his belief that Poles - regardless of the differences that divide them - are able to unite in the face of threats.

According to the publication, the Shield East program, for which the government has announced the allocation of 10 billion zlotys ($2.6 billion), provides, among other things, for the construction of fortifications and dams along the eastern border.

Poland's Defense Ministry says the system will be part of a regional defense infrastructure being built jointly with the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Author - Ihor Lontkivskyi 27.05.24

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