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.

Border guards apprehended 3 citizens of India and Russian at border approaches


Three foreigners travelling beyond the check points were apprehended close to Ukrainian-Romanian border by the border guards of BD “Porubne”, Chernivtsi Detachment. The foreigners were noticed by the district inspector in the suburb of the village Terebleche, Hlybotskyi district, almost 800 m before the state border. He called reaction Group for help. The men did have any identifying documents. According to their words it was established that they were the citizens of India aged 27 and 28 making their way to the countries of European Union for further employment.

Afterwards, the citizens of India were delivered to border subdivision for performing filtration measures. Currently, actions are continued as to detection of all circumstances of the infringement. Further destiny of the foreigners will be defined by the court.

In Odessa region the border guards of BD “Kuchurgan”, Bilgorod-Dnistrovskyi Detachment, apprehended the citizen of Russia. He also attempted to cross the border beyond the check point and had no any documents. However, border patrol detained him 100 m before the state border. Documents were drawn up as to the violator for his attempt to violate the state border; the case was forwarded to the court.


Transcarpathian SSU revealed smuggling channel of illegal migrants transportation to EU


The staff of Security Service of Ukraine in cooperation with police under procedural guidance of prosecution Service caught the members of organized grouping, who arranged smuggling of illegal migrants to the countries of European Union. Authorized operatives of SSU Department in Ivano-Frankivsk region established that a group of Transcarpathian residents had arranged illegal channel through the check point “Luzhanka”, Mukachevo Border Detachment. Law enforcers apprehended four persons during their attempt to smuggle the inhabitant of Ivano-Frankivsk region, who by court decision was restricted to exit the territory of Ukraine due to his credit obligations. The malefactors got 2500 € for provided services.

SSU officers also detained one more member of this grouping at the place of his residence in Ternopil. During the search the law enforcers confiscated 15 passports for travelling abroad of the citizens of Ukraine, $30 000, 10 000 GBR, 10 000 UAH, and other evidences of criminal activity, in particular, the notebooks with surnames and sums.

Proceeding has been commenced for signs of criminal offence stipulated by Part 3 Article 332 of Crime Code of Ukraine. Urgent investigative actions are continued.


Border guards apprehended 2 citizens of Syria and did not pass 7 citizens of Russia two times


Two illegal migrants were detained close to Ukrainian-Polish border by the border guards of SBGSU in the frames of operation “Border 2017”. Information about appearance of unknown persons in the suburb of the village Rata was received by the border guards from the local residents. During information verification the border guards of BD “Rava-Ruska”, Lviv Detachment detained 2 men without any documents. According to their words, it was managed to establish that they were the citizens of Syria, who intended to get to EU countries. Detained citizens were delivered to border subdivision to clarify the circumstances of the infringement and drawing up administrative documents.

Besides, the border guards of Lviv Detachment did not let 7 Russians, natives of Chechnya, to pass the check point “Rava-Ruska”. The foreigners were not passed because of their non-confirmation of their goal to stay within the territory of Ukraine. However, the mentioned persons attempted to cross the border again in the evening in the check point “Shegeni”, Lviv region. Thus, the border guards of Mostytskyi Detachment rejected in their entrance as they failed to provide any goal of their trip.


Border guards detained Moldavian coming from Russia beyond check points of Sumy region


Border guards of BD “Sopych”, Sumy Detachment, apprehended a violator of the state border of Ukraine. Border patrol servicing close to the state border detected and detained the trespasser, who crossed the border from Russia. He walked beyond the check points. The man did not have any documents identifying his personality and introduced himself as the citizen of Moldova. Currently, the citizen is detained for identification, after he will be called to administrative responsibility for illegal cross of the state border.


Border guards apprehended violators at Ukrainian-Polish border


The staff of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in cooperation with Polish border guards continues jointly counteracting the unlawful activity at the state border. Thus, in the frames of measures undertaken on state border control the border guards of BD “Rava-Ruska”, Lviv Detachment, received information from Polish colleagues as to two persons moving walking at the border. Aiming not to admit the state border cross the reaction group started to the place immediately. In a result of operative cooperation at the specified direction, the law enforcers detained two undocumented persons. According to their words they were the migrants from Syria. Interactive Subdivision were informed on this point, corresponding administrative documents were drawn up as to the violators.


Border guards detained 8 citizens from Bangladesh, Comoro Islands and India


Group of illegal migrants was apprehended at night at Ukrainian-Polish border by the staff of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in the frames of final active phase of operation “Border-2017”.  Information about unknown persons appearance in the border area of Lviv region was received by the border guards of Operative Searching Department beforehand. In the course of information realization the staff of BD “Rava-Ruska”, Lviv Detachment, detained 6 undocumented persons nearby the border. These were 5 citizens of Bangladesh and 1 citizen of Comoro Islands. They made their way beyond the check point in the direction to border line along the railway. Detainees were delivered to Border Department to clarify the circumstances of the infringement and establish possible concerned persons and prepare administrative documents.

In Transcarpathia, border guards of BD “Guta”, Chop Detachment, also detained 2 citizens of India close to the border due to information received from operative staff of SBGSU. The violators were stopped in the suburb of the village Onokivtsi, Uzhgorod district, Transcarpathia, corresponding documents were drawn up.

Besides, border guards have established that these persons were detained a month ago by the border guards of Chop Detachment. Currently, illegal migrants are kept in Temporary Detention Facility. The cases are forwarded to the court.


Border guards revealed 2 citizens of Iran attempting to perform passport shady deal


Border guards of Separate Check Point “Kyiv” revealed passport documents not belonging to the bearers in the International Airport Boryspil. When performing passport control, besides during persons’ identification, the border guards had doubts in belonging this passport documents to persons provided them. In the course of verification it was established that two citizens of Iran arrived by the flight “Istanbul-Kyiv” and “Erevan-Kyiv” planned to present partially forged document of Turkish citizen. In addition, when performing filtration actions, it was clarified that the citizen, who had to get the forgery and use it in future to depart to Great Britain, paid for these services $20 ths.

In both cases, the persons were returned by the back flight.


Odessa border guards detained tresspaser by means of copter


The staff of State Border Guard Service continues actively using drone aircrafts in border guarding by means of which they repeatedly detaine offenders. In the frames of a joint special border operation “Border 2017”, the border guards of BD  “Kodyma”, Podolsky Detachment detained a trespasserwith the help of copter. Unknown person made his way from the territory of Moldova and crossed the border in the direction to Ukrainian village Shershentsi. Regarding the detained citizen of Moldova, the members of the State Border Guard Service prepared documents on administrative proceedings, and the court sentenced him a fine in the amount of 1700 UAH.


Group of 15 migrants was detained at border in Transcarpathia


Several groups of Vietnamese were apprehended in Transcarpathia at night by Ukrainian and Slovakian border guards in the course of measures performed on counteraction to illegal migrants’ transportation over the border. Slovakian colleagues informed about appearance of some persons nearby the border. In a result of organized searches at both sides of the border, the officers of two countries detected and detained several groups in the number of 15 persons. As it was established by detainees’ words, there were 10 men and 5 women, they arrived from Vietnam and made their way to EU in the search of some job. The searches of other possible violators go on, who might were together with the detainees and persons involved in their smuggling.


Border guards discovered a fake passport of the citizen of Georgia in Boryspil Airport


Border guards of Separate Check Point “Kyiv” revealed forged foreign passport of the citizen of Israel in the International Airport Boryspil during checking of the flight “of Tel Aviv-Kyiv”.

During the documents inspection the inspector doubt in the document validity bearer’s personality. When checking border guards found that the passport really contained partial signs of forgery, in particular – the photo was replaced.

The citizen of Georgia Use attempted to use the fake passport. During the interview 27-year-old man reported that his valid passport Georgia was destroyed during flight. The person was rejected in crossing the state border of Ukraine and soon would be returned by a back flight.