Ukraine’s first criminal proceeding for illegal border crossing was initiated against a citizen of Moldova detained on December 11. Head of Ukrainian Border Guard Service Petro Tsyhykal reported this on Facebook.
‘Here is the first criminal proceeding for illegal border crossing! This is the first but not last illegal crossing. I am pretty sure that after gaining investigation and judicial experience, the number of such criminal proceedings will increase,’ Tsyhykal claimed.
According to him, the 32-year-old citizen of Moldova detained by border guards Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi detachment of the Southern Regional Department on December 11 tried to enter Ukraine bypassing the points of entry, since he is prohibited to enter Ukraine for ten years.
The Investigation Department of the Office of SBU in Odesa region initiated a pre-trial investigation for illegal crossing of Ukraine’s border, providing imprisonment of up to three years. The violator was transferred to SBU officers for conducting further investigation.