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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.

Migrants from Pakistan, the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Afghanistan were detained at the border


The state border service officers detained 8 illegal migrants near the state border of Ukraine.

The special alarm system went off and the military staff of the BU “Uzhhorod”, Chop Detachment stopped and detained the foreigners 200 meters before the state border. According to the word of the detainees, they were the citizens of Pakistan and intended to get into the EU beyound the checkpoints.

And the border guards of the DU “Rava-Ruska” and “Ambukiv”, Lviv Detachment detained four citizens of the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh and Tajikistan after receiving information from the local residents. All men were unable to show any documents to the law enforcers.

Another “seeker of a better life” from Afghanistan was detained by the servicemen of the BU “Shehyni”, Mostyska Detachment. The offender had his internal passport.

All illegal migrants were taken to the border units to clarify the circumstances of their offences and the prepare administrative documents. The filtration events are continued.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/migrantiv-z-pakistanu-dominikanskoi-respubliki-bangladesh-tadzhikistanu-y-afganistanu-zatrimano-na-kordoni-/

Two illegal immigrants from Turkey were detained by the border guards in Transcarpathia


Information about the movement of unknown persons in the border area was received by the officers last night from a local resident. The  additional outfits were immediately sent to search the offenders, one of which was found on the outskirts of the village of Strychava, Velykyi Bereznyi district. The two men moved towards the state border when they were stopped by the guards of the Chop Detachment. The detained citizens of Turkey admitted that they intended to get into the EU bypassing checkpoints with the aim of improving living conditions.

Currently, the foreigners are delivered to the border subdivision. The protocols on the detection the signs of an administrative offense under Part 2 Article 204-1 of AICU “Illegal cross or attempt of illegal state border cross”.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/dvoh-nelegaliv-z-turechchini-zatrimali-prikordonniki-na-zakarpatti/

Three citizens of Southern Asia were apprehended at the border


The military staff of the BU “Hrabove”, Lutsk Detachment detained three undocumented persons nearby the state border, who were going through the Zhidnyi Buh river to get to the neighboring Poland. The detainees claim that they are citizens of India.

Now, the offenders are delivered to the border unit to clarify the circumstances of the offense.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-kordoni-z-polshcheyu-zatrimano-3-gromadyan-z-pivdennoi-azii/

Transcarpathian police detained 5 offenders near the border


During the night patrol the border guards of BU “Velyka Palad”, Mukachevo Detachment noticed the unknown persons moving towards the state border. The soldiers immediately began to pursue the offenders making several warning shots. Despite the legal requirements of the border guards the offenders did not stop. Moreover, one of the runaways, being already caught by the guards, tried to hit the soldier and apply a gas canister. With the help of physical impact the border guards detained the aggressive man.

Four other fugitives and the car of Hungarian registration, arrived to the border, were detained the military personnel of Mukachevo Detachment together with the staff of Vynohradovo Department of the patrol police.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-zakarpatti-pravoohoronci-zatrimali-poblizu-kordonu-5-pravoporushnikiv/

Representatives of State Border Guard Service took part in the meeting of the Joint Committee on Readmission


Recently, the 11th annual Ukrainian-European meeting of the Joint Committee on Readmission took place in Ukraine.

During the event the following questions were discussed: existing progress of Ukraine and the EU on the conclusion of agreements and implementation protocols on readmission of persons, as well as problematic issues for the effective implementation of the Agreement between Ukraine and EU on readmission of persons.

In particular, it was informed that Ukraine today has already concluded 4 implementing protocols to the above-mentioned Agreement, namely with Austria, Estonia, Czech Republic and Poland, dialogue with another 20 member countries of the EU on conclusion similar protocols is in process. Thus, Protocol between Ukraine and the Benelux countries is on the final stage of the negotiation.

Also, this year Ukraine has ratified readmission agreements with Moldova and Switzerland, the agreement on readmission between Ukraine and Belarus signing is expected to take place. The corresponding negotiations are actively conducted with the states of migration risk – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the like.

During the meeting the representative of the European Agency FRONTEX noted a positive experience of the Ukrainian border guards in the implementation of illegal migrants’ accompaniment, who refuse to fulfil a court decision about their forced expulsion, and proposed to continue the practice of joint operations in supporting and training of border guards in this area.

In general, the representatives of the European side stressed the excellent cooperation with Ukraine not only in the field of readmission, but also in the field of migration. The next meeting of the Joint Committee on readmission is planned to be held in September 2019 in the city Of Kyiv.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/predstavniki-derzhprikordonsluzhbi-vzyali-uchast-u-zasidanni-spilnogo-komitetu-z-pitan-readmisii/

Transcarpathian Police caught five illegal migrants, who were hiding in the bushes in the border area


Patrol police of Uzhhorod District Department nearby the village Hlyboke detected a suspicious person after verification of the territory under the service. The man was hiding in the bushes.  The law enforcers later on found four more persons in the woods. None of them had documents that would confirm their identity and provide them the right to stay in Ukraine. Department for Fight against Crimes connected with Human Trafficking in the Transcarpathian region found that all five were the citizens of a foreign country who wanted to get into the EU through Transcarpathia.

Illegal migrants were taken to Uzhhorod District Police, after performing all necessary actions the individuals will be handed to the appropriate services. Preliminary legal qualification – article 332 of the Criminal code of Ukraine, i.e. the illegal trafficking of people across the border.

Source: https://zk.npu.gov.ua/news/Informacziya/policziya-zakarpattya-spijmala-p-yatox-nelegaliv-yaki-xovalisya-v-kushhax-u-prikordonnomu-rajoni/

Another “seekers of better life” were detained in Lviv region


After some time the response unit detained three Iranian citizens, one man and two women, intending to go to neighbouring country beyond the checkpoints.

In the framework of the investigative action, the law enforcers stopped the car “KIA” of Ukrainian registration. There was a driver and a stateless passenger in the car. As it turned out, they assisted in smuggling these foreigners across the border.

The police drew up the corresponding protocols and forwarded them National Police.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-lvivshchini-zatrimano-chergovih-shukachiv-krashchoi-doli/


Lviv border guards detained 11 illegal migrants


In the course of verification of the information provided to the staff of the SBGS by the local residents, the border guards of BU “Hrushiv” detained 11 foreigners, who planned illegally to cross the state border of Ukraine. The “seekers of better destiny” were the citizens of Turkey, six of them were children. Currently, the detainees are hold in the border unit in order to establish all circumstances of the offence commitment.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/na-lvivshchini-prikordonniki-zatrimali-11-nelegalnih-migrantiv/

Illegal migrants from India were apprehended at the border on Slovakia


The agents of the Western Regional Department of the SBGS provided the border guards with the information about foreigners’ stay in the suburb of village Onokivtsi, Uzhhorod district. Reaction group started to the place immediately. The unknown persons were found and detained a kilometer before the state border. Both men had passport documents of the Indian citizens. In the course of the verification measures it was managed to establish that the foreigners intended to get to Slovakia beyond the check points. The citizens of India are brought to administrative responsibility under Part 2 Article 204-1 of the AICU “Illegal cross or attempt to cross the state border of Ukraine”.

Source: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/nelegaliv-z-indii-zatrimali-na-kordoni-zi-slovachchinoyu/

In Odessa border guards found 15 foreigners, who violated the rules of staying in Ukraine


The operational staff of the Southern Regional Department of State Border Guard Service with the involvement of the Special Unit of Odessa Border Detachment, together with representatives of State Migration Service, Agency for the Prevention of Human Trafficking and State Security Service of Ukraine in Odessa region carried out activities to identify the cases of illegal stay of foreigners on the territory of Ukraine.

As a result of joint actions the law enforcement authorities detained 15 foreign nationals – immigrants from different countries of migration risk, particularly Vietnam, China, Syria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan. The violators of the rules for stay on the territory of Ukraine were in one of the industrial markets of the city.

These citizens were taken in SMS in Odessa region for drafting legal documents and making legal decisions under Part 1 Art. 203 of the AICU.