NewsBaltic countries construct border bunkers against potential attacks from Russia and Belarus

Baltic countries construct border bunkers against potential attacks from Russia and Belarus

The aim of the initiative is to discourage Russia from a potential attack.
The aim of the initiative is to discourage Russia from a potential attack.
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5:38 PM EST, February 8, 2024

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has shown how difficult it is to reclaim territory once an enemy occupies it. Hence, as highlighted by Lillevali, the Baltic line of defense aims to alter the enemy's strategy and prevent them from launching an attack.

"The Baltic line of defense is meant to protect every inch of NATO territory at all times," Lillevali stated in a media briefing.

Lieutenant Colonel Kaido Tiitus, an advisor in the Ministry of Defense of Estonia, stressed the need to halt the Russian mechanized troops. "If we let them cross the border, it will be challenging to stop them from advancing deep into our territory," he cautioned.

Baltic countries cannot afford to delay

Lillevali emphasized that Russia can swiftly rebuild its capabilities, so it's critical for the Baltic countries to make the most of the available time. As per the Estonian Defense Ministry's plan, as many fortifications as possible, including bunkers, shelters, and ammunition depots, will be built during peacetime. On the Estonian side at the Russia border, construction of 600 bunkers is planned, each able to accommodate ten people with equipment. The fortifications and "other necessary installations" will cost around 60 million euros (~$70.35 million), funded by the defense budget. Construction is set to begin in January 2025.

"Lakes offer visibility"

These fortifications are planned to cover the land strip forming the border between Estonia and Russia. However, there are no plans for physical fortifications on the lakes separating these countries. "The lakes offer ample visibility, enabling us to keep track of the events. The military is preparing strategies to counteract potential border breaches via these water bodies. We are ready for that eventuality," assured Lieutenant Colonel Tiitus.

Lillevali added, "However, we have no plans to deploy any explosives on the Estonia border during peacetime."

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