Two Ukrainians arrested in Italy for transport of Afghani migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainians transported 44 Afghani migrants, including 12 children to Italy
19:17, 29 August 2018


Two Ukrainians were arrested in Italy as they transported 44 Afghani migrants, including 12 children to the country as ANSA reported citing the information of the police.

It is noted that the Ukrainian transported the migrants to Italy on the board of a sailboat from Turkey. The boat was found not far from Noto, Sicily.

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Over two hundred Ukrainian sailors are now held in custody in Greece and Italy. State Secretary for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Andriy Zayets said that on August 7.

As of June, there were 151 Ukrainian sailors in Greece, 98 of them were detained for transporting illegal migrants. Over a hundred Ukrainian citizens are now held in Italian prisons, judged for the same kind of violation.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that 42 citizens of Ukraine were convicted and 78 Ukrainians are under the investigation in Greece due to the accusation of the transfer of the illegal migrants.

Earlier we reported that 214 Ukrainian sailors imprisoned in Greece, India, Spain, Libya, Oman and Sri-Lanka as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.

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According to BIMCO and ISF, 69,000 Ukrainians worked on foreign ships in 2015. Ukraine was enlisted to the TOP-6 largest supplier of the workforce to the ship owners.

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