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Border Guard Service explains risks for Ukrainians during visit of FIFA World Cup in Russia
15:37, 11 May 2018

Border Guard Service explains risks for Ukrainians during visit of FIFA World Cup in Russia

There will be the attempts to recruit them and there will be the detentions for any violation using such arguments as the recruiting'

15:37, 11 May 2018

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Oleh Slobodyan, the spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has explained why Ukrainians should not go to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as UATV reported.

'My position remains unchanged: regardless the events holding at the territory of the country-aggressor, the Ukrainian fans have nothing to do there. It is logically and right and the issue is not about patriotism but about respect and memory of people who died from the Russian weaponry and the Russian aggression during these years. My main recommendation for the fans is to stay at home', Slobodyan claimed.

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He also noted that there are additional risks for the people.

'Beginning with the fact that there will be the attempts to recruit them and ending with the detentions for any violation using such arguments as the recruiting', the spokesperson claimed.

Also, Slobodyan claimed about the preparations of the State Border Guard Service to host the fans of the UEFA Champions League in Kyiv.

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'We along with the detachments of the Interior Ministry, National Guard, National Police prepare a number of measures to provide the legal pass of fans on one hand and the safety of the pass on the other hand. We expect about 100 charter flights and 20, 000 fans at Boryspil Airport. The safety level will be very high', he said.

The humanitarian and human rights organizations that work in Syria urge to boycott 2018 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson added that the leading Russian officials and members of the royal family are not going to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup matches. Johnson also said that the government considers the option to ban the national football team from the competition.

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