Detention of Ukrainian tourists in Turkey: Consulate agreed to help

Source : 112 Ukraine

Turkish court temporarily banned a group of tourists from Ukraine from leaving the country after one of them died
13:58, 8 November 2021

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko
Open source

A group of Ukrainian tourists detained in Turkey after the death of one of them will receive support from the Ukrainian consulate in Antalya. This was announced by the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko in a comment to the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Sunday.

"As we know, one Ukrainian citizen died during the trip. The consuls are cooperating with Turkish law enforcement agencies, which are conducting an investigation. They also keep regular contact with the relatives of the deceased and tourists," the diplomat said.

He noted that a Turkish court has temporarily banned the deceased's companions from leaving the country, although investigators are studying the version of suicide. According to Nikolenko, a group of Ukrainians may not be released from the country until all investigative actions have been completed, including the examination of the weapon that inflicted the injury.

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The Consulate of Ukraine called on Ankara to quickly and impartially investigate the tragedy. The detained tourists receive consultations from the diplomatic mission on further steps, the representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry added.

It should be noted that a few days ago one of the members of the tourist group detained in Antalya said on Facebook that they could not leave Turkey three weeks after the tragedy. Ukrainians are running out of money, and relatives are waiting for them at home.

According to tourist Iryna Gromyko, on October 15, they flew to Antalya and went hiking on the Lycian Way trail. On October 17, one of the Ukrainians committed suicide. Turkish authorities have launched an investigation and banned other Ukrainians who came to the country with the deceased. Gromyko stated that the Ukrainian consulate refused to help them and could not influence the Turkish side.

Earlier, five persons were detained in Poland for transportation of illegal migrants. Among them is a citizen of Ukraine.

This is not the first case of detention of Ukrainians for helping illegal migrants. For example, last week in Poland, four people were detained for transporting illegal migrants from the Polish-Belarusian border. Among the drivers was a citizen of Ukraine.

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