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 caught two foreigners, who jumped into the cargo train underway travelled to Poland


Two foreigners, jumping into the cargo train underway, were noticed and detained in Lviv region by the border guards of Mostytskyi Detachment. During the service performance in the check point “Mostyska-Railway Station”, border guards revealed two person indenting to get into the cargo train unnoticed. Unknown person overcoming the barrage fence jumped into the train underway, which made its way to Poland upon control procedures completion. The train was stopped by military men. A citizen of Azerbaijan, 30 years old, and a citizen of Turkey, 24, were found in one car. As it was established, the foreigners arrived to Ukraine in an established order, and then they decided to get to EU countries avoiding all types of border control. Protocol on attempt to cross the state border was drawn as to Part 2 Article 204-1 of Administrative Infringement Code of Ukraine with regard to the violators. The persons are apprehended in order to establish the circumstances of the infringement and are placed to Temporary detention Centre.




The European Union has launched the project “Support for Migration and Asylum Management in Ukraine” to foster migration management in the country in accordance with best international and European practices.

The European Union allocated EUR 27.2 million over the next three years. “This is the biggest ever EU project on Migration Management in one of the Eastern Partnership countries,” said H.E. Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine….

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Ukrainian citizenship was granted almost to 17 000 persons in 2016


In accordance with the statement, only for the year 2016 the citizenship of Ukraine was granted to  16866 persons, of them – 809 foreigners and stateless persons upon their applications were accepted as Ukrainian citizens under the President’s decrees.

In particular, 131 persons were recognized by the President’s decree as the citizens of Ukraine, among them one is from Russian, 97 – Syria, 75 – stateless persons (the citizenship of countries was not mentioned).

In 2016, accepted 64 citizens of Ukraine under the President’s decree were persons from Armenia, 61 – Afghanistan, 52 – Iran, 47 – Georgia, 43 – Moldavia, 31 – Lebanon, 30 – Uzbekistan.

26 person acquired Ukrainian citizenship in 2016 were from Armenia, 22 – Azerbaijan, by 13 – from Jordan and Pakistan, 12 – Belorussia, by 11 – from Palestine and Egypt.

Nine person obtained Ukrainian citizenship in 2016 were the citizens of Nigeria, eight from – Turkey, seven – Bangladesh, six – Turkmenistan, five – Vietnam, by four – Kazakhstan and Tunis, by three – India and Algeria, by two – Angola, Cameroon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan.

Also Ukrainian citizenship in 2016 was granted to the citizen of the USA, Germany, Israel, Greece, North Korea, Cuba, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Congo, Yemen and Tadzhikistan.


Three citizens of Moldova getting through the border at dark time were revealed by the border guards by means of thermal imager


At dawn, the border detail of BD “Novi Troyany”, Ismail Detachment, apprehended three trespassers. The border guards detected the travelers at dark time, when they were getting through the border nearby the village of Dmytrivka, Bolgrad district, by means of thermal imager. In a result, reaction group started at the place and detained three “night travelers”. In the course of verification it was established that all three were the citizens of Moldova, the residents of one of Moldavian villages. The persons were called to administrative responsibility for the break of the state border.


Two Moroccans intended to get from Transcarpathia to EU in illegal way


Just opened Contact Centre “Zahon” at the border on Hungary has already given positive results in securing the general area of the state border. Only for a day, illegal migrants were detained due to operative exchange of information between border guards of Ukraine and Hungary through this Contact Centre. The trespassers were the citizens of Morocco. One of them was apprehended by the border guards of BD “Luzhanka”, Mukachevo Detachment at night together with the operative staff of the Department. The foreigner had residence certificate of Ukraine and, except his passport, one more document for another citizen of Morocco. The other fellow traveler fled in direction towards Hungarian border. Ukrainian border guards organized immediately this information exchange with Hungarian law enforcers and gathered reserves to protect direction. Soon, the Hungarian border guards detained the violator on their territory, who was detected due to received information in advance.

Note that close cooperation through the Contact Centre “Zahon” promotes operative coordination of joint actions.


Border guards detected a family from Afghanistan having forged documents of Canadian citizens


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.


The citizen of Moldova made his way to Europe among trucks


Border guards of Chop Detachment stopped illegal cross of the state order by Moldavian citizen, who intended to reach Slovakia failing to undergo corresponding types of control.

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.


A group of illegal migrants and smuggler from Sri Lanka were apprehended in Transcarpathia


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.


Border guards stopped Iraqi attempting to cross the border by passports of Romanian citizen


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.


Transcarpathian border guards apprehended two illegal migrants from Moldova


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.