13,000 people tried to leave Ukraine illegally since Russian invasion

1 February, 12:29 AM
Ukrainian border guard (Photo:Ukraine's State Border Guard Service via Facebook)

Ukrainian border guard (Photo:Ukraine's State Border Guard Service via Facebook)

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service has detained 13,000 people trying to leave the country illegally, State Border Guard Service spokesman Andriy Demchenko said at a press briefing on Jan. 31

“Since Feb. 24 (2022), more than 9,100 of these people have been detained at the green section of the border – outside of checkpoints,” he said.

“Most of them (the detentions) took place at the border with Romania and Moldova.”

Demchenko added that almost 3,900 more people were stopped at checkpoints while trying to cross the border using forged documents or via other illegal means.

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“This kind of illegal crossing tends to occur at the Hungarian and Polish borders,” he added.

Earlier reports stated that Ukraine’s SBU security service conducted a large-scale special operation to eliminate routes of illegal transportation of Ukrainian citizens liable for military service. The scheme involved several regional councilmen in Kyiv Oblast.

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