No criminal liability for the Crimeans for illegal crossing of Ukraine’s border by the Kerch Bridge or peninsula airports closed by Kyiv, as Oleg Slobodyan, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, said on air of Radio Krym.Realii.
“The citizens who leave or enter Crimea illegally will be responsible for the article 204-2, which is administrative responsibility, as usual. Russian documents issued on the occupied territory does not have any legal status for us and there are no legal reasons for considering them as a basis to cross the border of the occupied territories. Crimean are the citizens of Ukraine for us. They could cross the border through the closed checkpoints, yet they leave the peninsula through official checkpoints. In this case, they will be brought to the administrative proceeding. Speaking of the criminal one, there is an article which provides it, only in the case of commission such actions to damage Ukraine’s interests,” he noted.
Slobodyan said that the law, which Ukraine’s Parliament has adopted recently, “concerns cases when the foreigners visit annexed Crimea illegally. If they are prohibited from entering Ukraine after this, yet they still try to, they will be detained and this is a criminal liability for sure”.
On October 19, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law which provides criminal responsibility for illegal crossing of Ukraine’s state border. 243 people’s deputies voted "for." The President Poroshenko has to sign the law.