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 detected citizen of Iran with forged French passport in Boryspil Airport


Border guards of Separate Check Point “Kyiv” in the Boryspil Airport did not pass the citizen of Iran, who attempted to cross the state border of Ukraine by forged document. Thus, when performing selective verification of the passengers from the flight “Tegeran-Boryspil-Berlin” in transit zone, the border guards reaveled Iranian with forged French passport document for travelling abroad. During verification actions it was established that the foreigner aimed to improve his living conditions making his way by transit to Boryspil taking personal foreign passport of Iran, where during the transfer to Germany he identified himself by document packet purchased in France. The citizen was not passed through the border and returned by a back fligh to the country of origin.


Slovakian border guards detained illegal migrants


Four foreigners and two citizens of Ukraine crossed Ukrainian-Slovakian border during Easter holidays. First, a citizen of Vietnam and Ukrainian, probably assisting to get illegally to EU, were apprehended nearby the village of Topolya, in the neigbourhood of Snina. One Vietnamese and Indian were detained close to the village of Pryslip, Ukrainian crossing the border illegally was detained in Uglich village. According to the information of Departments of Border Guard Service and Migration Police of Sobrantse, all detainees were deported from Slovakia and banned to enter the country.


Border guards stopped Syrians with a child


State Border Guard Service of Ukraine continues implementing system measures on unlawful activities suspension at the state border of Ukraine, especially, connected with smuggling of illegal migrants to EU. Thus, in the frames of special operation “Border-2017” the border guards of BD “Rava-Ruska”, Lviv Detachment detected a man and woman due to available operative information and night vision device, who planned to cross the state border with a minor child. Starting immediatedly to the specified place of violation, border guards stopped the the foreigners 800 m before the state border. Detainees did not have any documents, and according to their words, they were the citizens of Syria and intended to get to one of the countries of European Union. The foreigners took a child (born in 2012). So far, the Syrian citizens were taken to Border Department to clarify the circumstances and drawing up administrative documents.


Settlements of foreigners appear in the western Ukraine


Recently, Transcarpathian region has been settled by natives of India and Bangladesh, and Turks populate Lvov. The foreigners managed to rise costs of residence lease in the capital of Galychyna, and Italian bridegrooms accustom Ukrainians to their wine and pasta.

Indians sell spices in Transcarpathia  

A lot of representatives of India and Bangladesh have appeared on the streets of Uzhgorod in recent years. “Mainly, these are students, children of wealthy Indians and Bangladeshis. They study at the Medical Institute, which moved to us from Donbass and rent accommodation”- it was reported by Yaroslav Galas, speaker of Transcarpathian State Administration.

According to his words, there are no special problems with them: “We had only one incident for all this time: local persons of doubtful reputation had contact with two Indian students, who were robbed them and killed by them. In general, the conflicts are absent. The students are often visited by the relatives, some of them are also settled in Transcarpathia, opening their own small businesses. For example, in the sphere of fabrics or spices production.

Turks increased prices in Lvov

Associations of Real Estate Specialists of Ukraine (ARESU) reports that Turks have been recently started to populate actively Lviv. “The Turkish diaspora itself consists of 1200 persons. These are those who constantly live and work here – they have opened their own business, or they cooperate with a major road repair company. In addition, there is a cheap flight Istanbul – Lviv, and on weekends young Turks come here for entertainment. Many apply for rental housing, namely businessmen, who look for a long-term lease choosing expensive options. They do not want to buy apartments in Lviv yet, because the prices are 30-40% higher than in Antalya” – said Andrey Borisov, the representative of ASNU Lviv branch.

According to his words, Turks in Lviv open fast food, restaurants, sell clothes and shoes. Lviv realtor Larisa Kovacs also confirms that over the past year Turks have been able to raise rental prices by 5-10%.

“All this is due to the fact that Turkish businessmen are interested in expensive real estate and they are ready to rent good refitted apartments with appliances, preferably in the city center and for a long time – a year or two. As for the daily rent, Turkish youth comes here to hang out at night in the nightclubs. Turkish guys are attracted by our girls and alcohol, because of this, in the weekend they rent housing in the center, which is always more expensive by 5-10%, “- confirmed Larisa Kovacs.

Zhytomyr is settled by Hasidim

Hasidim have also influenced the real estate market in Zhytomyr. “I ignore the real estate in Zhytomyr as I have not been able to sell it for several years for a decent price. And here I notice the prices growing sharply. The realtor says that now Hasidim are actively interested by Zhytomyr. They have already occupied Uman, now they get over here” — the local resident, Andrey Kovalyov, says.

The same situation is in Berdichev where Itzhak burried — the grandfather of a tsadik of Nakhman buried in Umani. “The streets are still not renamed into Yiddish, but there is time for everything. Naturally, real estate prices have grown a little, but not sufficiently. So, for 5%, no more” — the local realtor Boris Valeev says.


Italians reside close to Chernovtsy

Vietnamese have been living in Odessa for a long time. Life of diaspora turns generally around “the 7th kilometer” where they hold outlets. For the same reason the security officers periodically arrange raids as to the Vietnamese quarters. Odessa, Kharkiv and Kiev have also been chosen by Chinese. “Generally, students and businessmen arrive. The first learn languages, culture, and to the second Ukraine is attractive in the investment plan. People treat us kindly, it is better, than before” — the business development manager of Chinese Diaspora in Ukraine LLC, Hou Bin has told us.

And Chernivtsi region is pleased by Italians. It is said about the settlement of Beregomet village — Italians open restaurants here or are engaged in construction business. It is also noted that Italians coming to Beregomet eat and drink only that they bring from the homeland: the spaghetti, cheeses and wine, accustoming to these products also local residents.

Regardless of quite numerical diaspora for the settlement, the Village Council tells that there is no any community there. “We have just many persons departing for earnings to Italy, and they come back from there already with elderly grooms. If  our rural inhabitants are aged 50-55 , then to the Italian guys are 70. Usually they come to us in winter, and return to their country in spring” — told the deputy head of the Village Council.


“Green berets” detained illegal migrant from Pakistan close to border on Slovakia


Border guards of BD “Velykyi Bereznyi”, Chop Detachment detained illegal migrant attempting to get to Slovakia beyond the check point. Receiving timely information about possible border violation from operative-searching subdivisions border guards strengthened the specified direction and sent additional details. Soon, reaction group apprehended the violator at the state border, who had just been trying to overcome the barrage fence. As it was established later, the citizen of Pakistan intended to get to the neighboring country, then to Germany to his relatives residing there. Currently, the violator is delivered to Border Department “Velykyi Bereznyi” in order to establish the circumstances of the infringement and call to administrative responsibility.


Transcarpathian border guards did not pass two Ukrainians to cross the border by passports of other country


The staff of State Border Guard Service in Transcarpathia stopped two citizens of Ukraine. They planned to cross the border by passports of other country. Thus, the border guards of Chop Detachment in the check point “Tysa” established that entering Ukraine our countrywoman attempted to use passport of the citizen of Hungary. During the interview she informed to be really the citizen of Ukraine.

One more citizen of Ukraine was detected in the check point “Luzhanka” making his way to enter the neighboring country by the passport of the citizen of Hungary. Upon preparing protocols, the cases as to these violators were passed to the court.


Lviv border guards detained two citizens of Turkey riding the bikes


Border guards of Lviv Detachment apprehended two citizens of Turkey. Public Formation assisting law enforcers in border protection informed about appearance within the border area. Border detail of BD “Pavlovychi” stopped men on their way to Ukrainian-Polis border 50 m before the border line. The foreigners planned to cross the border beyond the check point by bikes. Detainees had foreign passports of the citizens of Turkey. During verification it was learned that they intended to cross the state border, however, their attempt failed. So far, administrative protocols were issued as to the foreigners for the attempt to cross the state border, the case is forwarded to the court.


Border guards apprehended citizens of Ireland in Lviv region


In the course of patrollong by the border guards of BD “Shegeni”, Mostytskyi Detachment, detained two violators crossing illegally the border from Poland to Ukraine. The men were stopped by the border guards 5 m before the border. One of them had documents of the citizen of Ireland, the other one introduced to be the citizen of Ireland, however, having no documents. Currently, the verification measures are performed as to the detainees.


Transcarpathian border guards detained two illegal migrants from Iran and Yemen


Two illegal migrants intending to get illegally over the border to Hungary were detained at night by the border guards of BD “Luzhanka”, Mukachevo Detachment, in Transcarpathia. Border detail noticed two unknown persons moving towards the state border  by means of night vision device at midnight. The foreigners were stopped 50 meters before the border, which overcoming the barrage fence attempted to cross Ukrainian-Hungarian border. So far, the protocols on administrative infringement are drawn up and foreigners are delivered to BD “Luzhanka” for undergoing filtration measures. Actions are taken as to establishing the circle of persons involved in organization of illegal migrants’ unlawful trip. Further destiny of the travelers will be defined by the court.


Border guards revealed twin-brother’s passport in Moldovian citizen


Attempting to cross Ukrainian-Romanian border in the check point “Porubne”, the citizen of Moldova presented documents for passport control not providing him with a right to cross the border. when checking it, the inspector of Chernivtsi Detachment revealed that this passport beonged to another persons, namely to his twin-brother. Administrative-procedural documents were drawn up with regard to the violator.