Belarus, Ukraine to finish border demarcation by 2026
The long-term state border demarcation plan for 2018-2026 has been approved at the 17th session of the Ukrainian-Belarusian demarcation commission that gathered in Lutsk (Ukraine) on 26-27 June. It was also decided to begin demarcation of the Ukrainian-Belarusian state border in the zone of alienation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 2019. The Joint Commission welcomed the intention of the European Union to allocate funding for the implementation of the international technical assistance project "Support for the Demarcation of the State Border Between Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus" within the framework of the flagship initiative "Integrated Border Management" of the Eastern Partnership initiative and confirmed the interest in continuing close cooperation with the European with a view to using aid effectively for carrying out demarcation works.
The on-the-ground work to demarcate the Belarusian-Ukrainian border kicked off in 2014 when the border line was fixed by temporary border markers. The agreement between the Government of Belarus and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine endorsing the demarcation of the state border came into force on 25 November 2014.
The state border between Belarus and Ukraine is 1,084.2km long, of which 758.3km lies on land and 325.9km runs along the rivers (the Dnieper, the Sozh and the Pripyat). About 120 km of the border passes through the so-called Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The border runs along densely wooded areas, impassable territories, bogs, small lakes, and a broad network of melioration canals most of which have been out of use for a long time.