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The articles in this column are translated media articles from various Ukrainian sources. Often, these are based on press statements from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) or State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS). They are mere translations and published here for the purpose of documenting developments in Ukraine. Thus, the articles neither reflect the opinion of the Border Monitoring Project Ukraine nor does the BMP approve the statements made in these articles.

Three illegal migrants were apprehedned at the approaches to the state border

22-03-2019

The border guards of Chop Detachment detained a group of unknown nearby the village of Onokivtsi. The offenders were revealed by the border guards of the BU “Uzhhorod”  during their service in the area. The soldiers noticed two men breaking the fence. The reaction group arrived at once to stop and detain the foreigners. Both were Turkish citizens and had foreign passports.

And at the state border on Poland, the border guards found another seeker for a better life from Central Asia.

The vigilant resident informed the border guards about appearance of unknown persons in the border area. Soon, nearby the border engineering structures it was managed to track  the possible perpetrator. The detainee was a citizen of Uzbekistan, according to his words, as he had no documents.

In both cases, in order to bring to justice for the attempt to illegally cross the state border of Ukraine, to clarify all the circumstances of the offense, the foreigners were taken to the border units.

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-pidstupah-do-derzhrubezhiv-prikordonniki-zatrimali-troh-nelegalnih-migrantiv/

Three citizens of India staying illegally in Ukraine were revealed in Carpathian region

21-03-2019

The operatives of the State Border Service together with employees of the State Migration Service in Ivano-Frankivsk found two citizens of India, who excessed of the period of their stay in Ukraine.

As a result of the joint actions – one foreigner was brought to justice under Article 203 of the Administrative Code (Violation by foreigners and stateless persons of the rules of stay in Ukraine and transit through the territory of Ukraine).

Another Indian citizen will be taken to court for the purpose of his further forced expulsion from the territory of Ukraine. 

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-prikarpatti-viyavili-dvoh-gromadyan-indii-yaki-perebuvali-nezakonno-v-ukraini/

Turk was travelling to the neighboring Slovakia avoiding the check point

20-03-2019

The local resident informed the law enforcers about the foreigner stay in the border area. Therefore, information about possible attempt of the state border violation was immediately forwarded  to the departments of the Border Guards Service “Uzhhorod” and threatening areas were additional protected.

The border patrol noticed an unknown man a few hundred meters from the state border. The man who was moving towards the border turned out to be a Turkish citizen. The detainee had a passport and a bus ticket from Lviv.

Aiming to clarify the circumstances of the offences and imposition of administrative sanctions, the offender was taken to the police station “Onokivtsi”. After clarification of all circumstances, they will be brought to administrative responsibility under Part 1 Art. 204 – 1 of the AICU “Illegal cross or attempt to cross illegally the state border of Ukraine”.

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/do-susidnoi-slovachchini-turok-pryamuvav-v-obhid-punktiv-propusku/

Two travelers from Rwanda were detained nearby the border on Poland

19-03-2019

The border guards of the BU “Rava-Ruska” received information about the appearance of unknown persons at the state border. A response team was engaged to check and search for potential violators. Later, a kilometer before the border, the border guards of the Lviv Detachment found a man and a woman. The offenders had the passport documents of the citizens of Rwanda.

The detained foreigners were taken to the temporary detention center to clarify all the circumstances of the offense. In addition, Africans have been brought to administrative responsibility for attempt to cross the border illegally. Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/nepodalik-kordonu-z-polshcheyu-zatrimali-dvoh-podorozhuvalnikiv-iz-raundi/

Seven citizens of Mongolia were apprehended in Lviv border area

18-03-2019

The border guards Mostyska Detachment stopped to check the van “Dodge” in the Lviv region near the state border of Ukraine. The vehicle was driven by the Lviv resident, YOB 1965, who could not confidently explain the purpose of stay in the border area.

The border guards asked the driver to provide the car for the inspection  in which, as it turned out, except the driver, there were seven more citizens of Mongolia. Four foreigners had identity documents, and three, including a 6-year-old girl, did not. During the preliminary check, the border guards found out that the Mongols at different times previously legally arrived in Ukraine, and the foreigners’ purpose was to travel illegally to Western Europe. Both the driver and the passengers of the minibus were detained, and the investigative-task force of the National Police of Ukraine was called to the place.

For the attempt of illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine, committed by a group of persons, the citizens of Mongolia will stand trial. As for the minibus driver, the documents on the administrative offense were prepared under the Part 3 Article 206-1 of the Administrative Code “Illegal transportation of foreigners and stateless persons by the territory of Ukraine”. Also all circumstances of the case about entering of information into the state register concerning the criminal offense with assistance of the driver’s attempt to transport illegally the persons through the border of Ukraine are studied. Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/%20video%20-na-lvivshchini-u-prikordonni-zatrimali-simoh-gromadyan-mongolii/

From Russia to Germany: a powerful channel of illegal migration to the EU was revealed

15-03-2019

The operative agents of Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland conducted a large-scale special operation and detained a group of the criminals who illegally transported illegal migrants across the border of Ukraine to the EU.

This was reported by the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

It is noted that the border guards of the four countries have established 35 persons involved in the illegal criminal group, citizens of Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Slovakia and Belarus.

The offenders were engaged in illegal transportation of immigrants from South-East Asia across the state border to the neighboring countries, in particular the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Poland and Hungary, with a view to their further delivery to the countries of Western Europe, namely Germany.

According to the SBGS, the sphere of activity of criminals stretched for hundreds and thousands of kilometers from the border on Russia.

Then, the groups of illegal migrants were formed in the cities of Kiev and Odessa, after which they were secretly delivered to Transcarpathian region for illegal transportation across the state border with the help of local guides to the countries of the European Union.

Afterwards they carried out transit transportation of the “travelers” to the territory of Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic up to Berlin and Dresden.

It is reported that members of the criminal group came to the attention of the law enforcement officers in spring of last year, after which the SBGS, SSU and the National Police performed the operation on exposing the schemes of the illegal migration channel.

In particular, 7 criminal proceedings were opened, eight defendants were informed of suspicion, and two criminal proceedings on charges of 2 persons were sent to the court.

The SBGSU noted that despite the measures of law enforcement, both in Ukraine and in neighboring Slovakia and Poland, the activities of the criminal group did not stop, so it was decided to hold a joint special operation under the conditional name “Long Way”.

Within the framework of international cooperation, Ukrainian operatives have established active cooperation with colleagues from the Czech Republic, where the main figures of the criminal group, the vast majority of whom come from Ukraine, lived permanently.

It is noted that during the complex of activities in cooperation with the operational units of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland as a whole 16 episodes of illegal smuggling of illegal migrants were documented, mostly citizens of Vietnam and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, across the state border of Ukraine.

Their total number was about 100 persons. For each of them an income of more than 2500 US dollars was received.

It is reported that the joint group “Long Way” on March 11 simultaneously performed a number of searches and detained and interrogated organizers of the specified cross-border criminal group.

In particular, it is reported that the searches were conducted at 7 addresses of the defendants in the settlements of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Transcarpathian regions.

Source:https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2019/03/15/7209258/

Turkish citizen tried to get into Poland at night

12-03-2019

An unknown woman near the border was noticed by the members of the public formation for the protection of the state border and told the border guards of the BU “Krakovets”. The violator was detained. She was a citizen of Turkey, born in 1981, probably counting on the carelessness of the guards in the dark she planned to get illegally to the neighboring country.

From the explanations of the detainee, she intended to act in such a desperate way as she did not have the proper documents for travel to the EU. In addition, in the course of further inspection, the border guards found out that she arrived to Ukraine in established order.

Now the “traveler” will be responsible before the court for the attempt of illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine. 

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/gromadyanka-turechchini-sprobuvala-probratisya-vnochi-do-polshchi-/

Through the mountains, through the forest to the EU

11-03-2019

The residents of one of the border villages of Lviv region reported about the surveillance of the strangers, probable violators of the border. Thus, during verification of information, the officers of the BU “Smilnytsya” detained two men, who were citizens of Turkey. The traveller, YOB 1984 and 1987, admitted that the purpose was to get illegally to Poland.

Currently, both offenders are detained in administrative order, the decision on the case of attempt to cross illegally the state border will be taken by the court.

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/cherez-gori-cherez-lis-do-krain-s/

Two Turks tried to slip past the border guards at the checkpoint

06-03-2019

At the checkpoint “Luzhanka” the border patrol noticed two men who were sneaking around the cabin passport control and get to Hungary without passing control. The law enforcers immediately detained the violators, they were Turkish citizens aged 26 and 30 years old. Later it became known that foreigners had passport documents, but they did not have the necessary visas to visit Hungary, so they decided to cross the border unnoticed.

So far, the foreigners will be held liable under the Part 2 Article 204-1 of the Administrative Code “Illegal cross or attempt to cross illegally the state border”.

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/dvo-turkiv-v-punkti-propusku-namagalisya-prosliznuti-povz-prikordonnikiv-/

Four foreigners were detained at the Polish border

06-03-2019

In both cases, information about the offenders was provided by the local residents of the border area.

First, the border guards of the BU “Krakovets” a few hundred meters from the state border detained two men, as it turned out – the citizens of Palestine and Egypt, 1991 and 1996 years of birth.

Subsequently, the law enforcers of the BU “Smilnytsya” had to detain the unknown in the boundary area nearby the Ukrainian-Polish border. This time the citizens of Turkey, YOB 1989 and 1993, tried to illegally enter Europe.

All foreigners are brought to administrative responsibility, the decision will be made by the court.

Source:https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-kordoni-z-polshcheyu-zatrimali-chotiroh-inozemciv-/