Estonia to fence off Russia with a defense line of 600 bunkers
Estonia plans to build a defense line on the Russian border consisting of 600 concrete bunkers to repel possible Russian aggression. Most of these bunkers will be located in the north and southeast of the country, as well as in the central zone near Lake Peipus.
This was reported by the Postimees newspaper. Kaido Tiitus, Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, said that these facilities on the border are necessary for effective protection of the country's territory from the first meter.
In the event of an attack, the main goal is to delay the enemy at the border, giving allies time to come to the rescue.
"Russia is and will be the biggest threat to Estonia's security. The war in Ukraine has reduced Russia's offensive power, but according to various estimates, it is ready to regain it within two to three years. We must be ready and make the price of an attack on Estonia for Russia as high as possible," Tiitus emphasized.
The bunkers are designed to protect the military from enemy fire and shell fragments. These structures must withstand a direct hit from a 152 mm shell.
Each bunker is designed to serve ten people and has an area of 30-35 square meters. The design of the bunker helps the unit withstand the enemy fire for as long as possible. Each bunker has a sleeping place.
The Estonian defense minister also noted that in recent years, the country has improved the protection of its eastern border by installing protective fences there. However, they have a limited effect in wartime, especially in the event of hostilities.