"SBU counterintelligence has blocked the channel of illegal migration of foreigners through Ukraine to the European Union. According to preliminary data, over 100 people used the illegal mechanism," the statement reads.
According to the secret service, the organizers of the scheme were residents of Kyiv and their foreign accomplices. They created a mechanism for the illegal stay in Ukraine of people from South Asia.
In particular, the attackers created a number of fictitious companies and under the program of international student exchange issued fictitious invitations to foreigners allegedly to study at Ukrainian universities. But instead of studying on the basis of received invitations, "students" had the opportunity to travel to EU countries, using Ukraine as a transfer point.
According to the investigation, the members of the group operated throughout Ukraine. They met migrants and provided housing. Later, the dealers formed groups and sent "students" abroad. According to preliminary estimates, the attackers smuggled over 100 foreigners through the channel of illegal migration. The cost of services depended on the country of destination and ranged from four to eight thousand dollars.
"A number of searches were carried out in Kyiv and Kyiv region, as a result of which law enforcement officers found a group of 15 people who were being prepared for transfer to Europe. In addition, fictitious documents used for legalization of foreigners, vehicles with which they were transported, were seized," the agency added.
As part of the criminal proceedings, one of the organizers was informed about the suspicion under Part 2 of Article 332 ("Illegal transportation of persons across the state border of Ukraine") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine blocked two channels of illegal migration to Ukraine in the Luhansk and Zakarpattia regions. According to available data, foreigners were from countries with an increased terrorist threat.