SIMFEROPOL, April 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian state border in the north of Crimea - a former Ukrainian region that recently joined Russia - will be fully equipped with necessary facilities during May holidays, the head of Russia’s Federal Agency for the Development of the State Border Facilities (Rosgranitsa) said Tuesday, the CrimeaInform news agency reported.
Rosgranitsa head Konstantin Busygin, who was speaking at a meeting led by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, also said work at checkpoints in the vicinity of the cities of Armyansk, Dzhankoy and Perekop is being completed.
“The checkpoints are not operating to the full now. By the end of the month, they will be equipped as they should be. Today and tomorrow, block-modules urgently delivered to Crimea will be mounted and installed, the area will be connected to the power grid, the territory will be developed and facilities will be fenced off,” Busygin said.
“We will need some extra time - we will keep working during the holidays,” he said.
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities, who had been brought to power amid riots after a coup in Ukraine in February.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11. They held a referendum on March 16, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals March 18.
According to the Crimean and Ukrainian statistics bodies, as of early 2014, Crimea had a population of 1,959,000 people; Sevastopol has a population of 384,000 people.
Work to integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia’s economic, financial, credit, legal, state power, military conscription and infrastructure systems is actively underway now that Crimea has become part of Russia.
In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of Russia until 1954, when it was gifted to Ukraine by Soviet Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev.