In Ukraine came into force the law on criminal liability for illegal crossing of the state border

В Украине вступил в силу закон об уголовной ответственности за незаконное пересечение госграницы

In Ukraine came into force law No. 2599-VIII, which provides for criminal liability for crossing the border outside border crossing points with the aim to harm the interests of the state or security forces of the aggressor. Yesterday the document was published in the official parliamentary newspaper “Voice of Ukraine”.

Imprisonment up to 3 years provided for crossing the state border with the purpose of causing harm to the interests of the state or a person who denied entry to the territory of Ukraine, and representatives of the armed forces or other law enforcement agencies of the aggressor state in any way outside of the checkpoints, or without the necessary documents or on documents with untrue information.

If such a violation is committed repeatedly or by a group of persons, the penalty will be imprisonment for a term of 3-5 years. The same violation with the use of weapons will result in imprisonment up to 8 years.

Note according to article 13 of the law “On legal status of foreigners and stateless persons” entry into Ukraine of a foreigner or person without citizenship can be denied on national security or public order; for the protection of health of citizens of Ukraine; when giving a person false information or forged documents. Also – if the person has violated the CBP rules of crossing the border or had not complied with the guards, if during the previous stay in Ukraine the foreigner has not complied with the court’s decision, or if the person illegally visited the occupied territory of the state.

Earlier, the Parliament increased the fines for illegal border crossing. From 29 April 2018 cross the border out of the checkpoint or forged documents subject to a fine from 3,400 to 8,500 hryvnias. Repeated violation during the year or a group of people – 8500-13 600 UAH. Deliberate entry into Ukraine by a foreigner, in spite of the prohibition, provides for a penalty from 1700 to 5100 UAH.

Violation of the order of entry in the temporarily occupied territory – 3400-5100 UAH, again a group of persons or in the course of the year – to 8500 UAH. But these penalties can apply only within three months from the date of discovery of the violation and not later than one year from the date of the offense.

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