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 of separate check point Boryspil Airport detected the family composed three persons, who attempted to get to one of the countries of European Union in illegal way. During the repeated verification of passengers’ documents, who travelled by a transit flight from Turkey, border guards doubted in validity of passport documents of three citizens of Canada. As a result, upon thorough verification it was established that foreigner’s documents for travelling abroad contained signs of forgery.
In the course of further checking measures it was clarified that they were the citizens of Afghanistan, and documents for travelling abroad of Canadian citizens they purchased in Dubai for $ 10 000. Also they reported that the next sum, $40 000, they had to pay upon arrival to Sweden. So far, the passport documents are confiscated, and foreign citizens were returned by a back flight.
During servicing border detail discovered a man intending to get beyond the check point unnoticed, behind the truck. The reaction group detained the violator and delivered him to the Border Department “Uzhgorod”. As it was established, detainee was the citizen of Moldova, he planned to get to the countries of European Union in illegal way aiming to be employed. After drawing up corresponding procedural documents and holding liable, the “traveler” was handed over to Temporary Detention Centre of Chop Border Detachment.
The whole group of migrants and their assistants were detained by law enforcers in Transcarpathia region servicing in the controlled border area close to Romania. The citizen of Sri Lanka Republic, resided in Chernihiv, was the key defendant in the case. He was apprehended at Kyiv railway station. When performing searching actions, there were found 90.5 ths. UAH and $305. As it was established by the investigators, these means were received by the man for smuggling three citizens from India to Hungary, arrived to Ukraine from Russia. To realize his plans, the foreigner entered into a criminal conspiracy with two residents of Ivano-Frankivsk region. Receiving from Indians $500 deposit, he handed illegal migrants over to its accomplices, who took them to the western border. all group of migrants and assistants were detained by the low enforcement bodies in Transcarpathian region in the controlled border area on Romania. the organizer of illegal business, upon court decision, was put to Chernihiv pre-trial detention center, his accomplices from Prykarpatttya were released on bail. Illegal migrants from India were placed to Detention Centre in Mukachevo Detention Centre. So far, the materials of criminal proceeding are in the court for decision making in regard with the defendant in the case and their bringing to responsibility as to Article 332 of Crime Code of Ukraine – illegal transportation of persons through the state border of Ukraine, which is stipulates for 3 to 5 years of imprisonment.
The citizen of Iraq attempting to cross the border using forged document was exposed in the Boryspil Airport. While registering the flight “Istanbul-Kyiv” the staff of State Border Guard Service revealed one passenger having forged passport of the citizen of Romani. In addition, in the course of filtration measures his valid passport of the citizen of Iraq was found in his baggage. The citizen was not passed over the border and returned by a back flight.
Border guards of Transcarpathian BD “Kosyno”, Mukachevo Detachment, detained two illegal migrants from Mongolia. Unfamiliar persons attempted to overcome the barrage fence, border detail detected them by means of thermal imagery device. Operation reaction group arrived immediately to the place. Noticing border guards, strangers tried to run away, and law enforcers detained them in 200 meters before the border. Detainees were two men, introducing themselves as the citizens of Mongolia. The foreigners were delivered to Border Service Department “Kosyno” for drawing up administrative-procedural documents and establishing all circumstances of illegal trip of the foreigners. The further destiny of the travelers and evaluation of their actions will be performed by the court.
Tow citizen of Russia asked for refugee status in Ukraine in the automobile check point “Goptivka”, Kharkiv region. 47-year-old woman and 20-year-old daughter applied for refugee status granting during border control in the Kharkiv Detachment. These persons came from neighboring country on foot. In the course of the interview the woman reported about her Ukrainian origin and Ukrainian citizenship of her granddaughter. They were unable to e employed in Russia and were not provided with appropriate medical aid. Getting tired of constant harassments for ethnic belonging they were forced to ask for refugee status being afraid of their life and child’s life. Upon drawing up required documents, the Russian citizens were delivered to State Migration Service in Kharkiv region.
Border guards of Chop Detachment prevented illegal cross of Turkey’s citizen in the check point “Uzhgorod”, who attempted to get to Slovakia having forged passport document. When checking documents of the passengers from the regular bus “Uzhgorod – Michalovce” border detail suspected the passport document validity being presented by the citizen of Turkey. As a result, in the course of extended check of the passport document the signs of partial forgery in protective symbols and pages with constituent data. So far, corresponding procedural documents were issues as to the violator, who was delivered to Temporary Detention Centre in Chop Detachment.
One more foreigner, citizen of Israel, intending to get to the flight “Kyiv – Tel Aviv”, was stopped by the border guards of Boryspil Airport. After document check it was established that the man had forged certificate for residence in Ukraine. In accordance with this fact, the border guards informed the representatives of National Police.
Border guards of Boryspil Airport did not let two citizens of Sri Lanka, who intended to cross the state border by forged documents. During the selective control in transit zone of the passengers from the flight “Colombo-Kyiv-Vienna” the staff of State Border Guard Service detected two citizens of Sri Lanka having false Italian ID-cards and residence permission in Germany. The citizens were not passed through the border and in future it was planned to return them by the back flight.
The military men of SBGS together with SSU staff prevented an attempt to renew the smuggling channel through the state border of Ukraine. In the course of operation a joint inter-agency group detained two men and illegal migrant – citizen of one Transcaucasian countries, who was assisted in illegal trip to Ukraine beyond established check points. It was established that these persons were accomplices of the Russian man performing illegal transportation through the state border of Ukraine and was detained the other day by the border guards of Sumy Detachment and SSU staff in the direction between Russian populated area Prylissya and Turrya, Ukrainian one. Currently, pre-court investigation continues within the frames of criminal proceeding according to Article 332 (illegal transportation of persons through the state border of Ukraine) of Crime Code of Ukraine.
Since the passports of citizen of Ukraine have started to be issued in the form of ID-card it was prepared for 9.5 ths Transcarpathians. Passports for travelling abroad were received by more than 103.5 thousand countrymen, which is greater for 20 000 in comparison with the last year. This growth was accomplished by opening of new working stations on biometrical documents execution.
Nowadays, all districts, except Perechyn one, may prepare biometric passport for travelling abroad as well as ID-card.
There were considerations of 227 applications on Ukrainian citizenship granting and 888 departures for permanent place of residence in the far abroad. Hungary, Czech Republic, the USA and Israel are the most popular emigration places for Transcarpathian residents. Besides, 119 our fellow citizens returned home from abroad. At the same time, 1148 foreigners are registered in the Head Department with documented residence permit. The majority of them stays within the territory of Transcarpathia in connection with employment at the enterprises of the area and work in the religious organizations. 2460 immigrants live in the region permanently.