Ukraine extends control functions of border guards in areas near seashore

Source : 112 Ukraine

244 MPs supported the law in the Parliament
14:40, 6 December 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Parliament has adopted the draft law No.8361 'On the adjacent naval zone of Ukraine' in the second reading and in general. 244 MPs supported the law, 112 Ukraine reported.

The adjacent territory of Ukraine was defined as the belt of sea adjoining to the territorial sea of Ukraine, the outer edge of which is located not further than 24 nautical miles from the line that delimits Ukrainian territorial waters.

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It is established that Ukraine controls the adjacent territory to prevent the violation of the customs, tax, migration and sanitary legislation - and to prosecute for such violations, if committed within Ukraine’s territory, including the inland waters and the territorial sea waters.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine enjoys the right to halt and check the ships and arrest the vessels and crews’ members, exclept for the military vessels and other state ships used for non-commercial purposes.

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The Border Guard Service gets the right to pursue a perpetrator vessel. 

The officers of the Border Guard Service can involve other authorized bodies of state power, which can deal with the prevention of the violation of the customs, tax, migration and sanitary legislation.

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“The officers, the workers of the authorized body shall apply physical force, special means, weaponry and hardware in case of the order vioaltion, as the law foresees,” the adopted law says. 

From now on, if the vessel shuts down the automatic identification system, it can be the reason for the halt (excluding the military vessels and other state ships used for non-commercial purposes).

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The Cabinet of Ministers should establish the way the archeological, historical and cultural heritage objects will be researched in the adjacent zone.

The law will come into force the next day after the official publication.

Earlier, we reported that the U.S. is preparing to send a military vessel to the Black Sea.

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