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17 Ukrainians detained and left in detention center without food and water at Athens airport

Source : 112 Ukraine

Reason for the detention of Ukrainians is a ban on third-country nationals from entering the EU
14:31, 5 July 2020

European Truth agency

In Athens, 17 citizens of Ukraine, who flew to Greece from Kyiv, were detained at the airport control. Among the detainees there are children. News agency Yevropeiska Pravda, which contacted one of the detainees, reported this.

The reason for the detention of Ukrainians is the ban on third-country nationals from entering the EU. Ukrainians arrived in Greece on Saturday evening with two flights of Ryanair and Wizz Air. After arriving during passport control, 17 citizens of Ukraine were denied entry into the country, they were detained. Among the detainees are 15 adults and two children (8 and 9 years old).

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When we arrived at Zhulyany, we were strictly questioned at the registration desk and examined the entire package of documents. We even did a test in the laboratory and provided it with a wet seal. Having shown and told everything, we were released for passport control. And already upon arrival at the passport control, we were stopped and sent. While we were at the airport, they tried to force us to sign a consent to deportation, we refused," one of the passengers, Maksym.

Ukrainians were taken to a police station on the territory of the airport and placed in cells, including children. They spent the night there and remain there for now.

Greek law enforcement officers took away all things from the passengers, including laptops, but allowed to leave the phones, however, without chargers. Ukrainians complain about poor conditions and unsanitary conditions: there is no soap and no toilet paper in the toilets, dead cockroaches are lying on the floor. They are also not given water and food.

According to passengers, this morning they contacted the consul, who told them that the Ukrainians did not have the right to enter and should return to Ukraine on the same flights. Both flights will only be on Tuesday. Ukrainian diplomats did not come to the airport. Also, passengers called the “hotline” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they were promised to understand the situation and provide assistance.

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