Activists to serve with Border Guard at Ukraine-Crimea border checkpoints

Source : 112 Ukraine

Participants of the blockade of Crimea will assist Ukraine’s Border Guard
09:55, 28 March 2016

Members of non-government union Asker, which consists of the activists involved in the economic blockade of Crimea, will join Ukraine’s Border Guard in serving at checkpoints at the border with Russian-occupied Crimea, said Head of Ghenichesk district state administration Olexandr Vorobyov (Krym. Realii). “They will reinforce Ukraine’s border and customs service. Everything was agreed with the government”, Vorobyov said.  

The termless economic blockade of Crimea began in September 2015; initiated by leaders of Crimean Tatar people in the mainland Ukraine, it aims to block the movement of cargo vehicles from Ukraine to Crimea so as to impose damage to the peninsula’s economy and thus weaken positions of the pro-Russian government of Crimea.  

In January 2016, spokesman of the State Border Guard Oleg Slobodyan reported that members of NGO Asker were preparing for joint service with border guards at checkpoints at the border with Crimea; according to him, 33 activists passed the necessary exams and were allowed to serve with the State Border Guard. Slobodyan added that the activists would work solely as counselors, with no right to interfere with the work of Ukraine’s state services, check cargo or documents.         

Related: British Foreign Office urges Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine

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