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Ukraine criminalizes illegal border crossing by law enforcers of aggressor state

The bill provides imprisonment up to three years for crossing the Ukrainian border to damage the state interests
15:15, 18 October 2018

State Border Service

Ukraine’s Parliament adopted a law which provides criminal liability for illegal crossing of state border by the representatives of security agencies of the aggressor state to cause harm to Ukraine. 243 people’s deputies voted for.

112 Ukraine broadcasted the session.

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The bill provides sentence of imprisonment up to three years for crossing the state border to damage the interests of the state by the individual who is prohibited from entering Ukraine, or by the representatives of the armed forces units of other security agencies of the aggressor state in any way bypassing the checkpoints or without required documents or with the documents with unreliable information.

If such violation is repeated or if it is committed by a group of people, the liability shall be increased: from three to five years of imprisonment. The most severe punishment provided for this violation using weapons is imprisonment for up to eight years.

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The law will come into force on the next day after its official publication.

It should be noted that in the first reading, the bill provided criminal liability for illegal border crossing for all the citizens of the aggressor state.

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