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Latvia. The army is digging anti-tank ditches along the border with Russia

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The Latvian army has started digging anti-tank ditches along the border with Russia. The first section is expected to be completed within four months. Ultimately, a chain of fortifications will be built along the border of Latvia with Russia and Belarus, which will include artificial and natural obstacles – swamps, forests and rivers.

Latvian public broadcaster LSM reported that the Latvian army has started digging anti-tank ditches as a first line of defense along the border with Russia. The first line is being built near the Terehova border crossing in the Ludza commune, approximately one kilometer from the Russian border. The first twenty-kilometer section is to be completed within four months. The length of the Latvian-Russian border exceeds 283 km.

According to LSM, a chain of fortifications is to be built along the border of Latvia with Russia and Belarus, which will include various obstacles.

Artificial and natural obstacles

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According to Colonel Kaspars Lazdins of the Latvian Army, the project includes both artificial and natural obstacles – swamps, forests and rivers. The anti-tank ditches will then be strengthened by the construction of the so-called dragon teeth. In case of hostilities, obstacles may be supplemented by minefields, the officer said.

At the end of January, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed on the construction of a Baltic defense line, which is to strengthen the borders with Belarus and Russia. In March, as LSM recalled, the Latvian government approved a plan to immobilize the enemy on the border. The cost of its implementation is expected to amount to EUR 303 million over five years.

Read also: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are preparing a “Baltic defense line” on the border with Russia and Belarus

Main photo source: virsseržants Aleksejs Oņegins, NBS, Latvijas Armija



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