31 Dec 2019 20:24

Sevastopol administration warns Crimean residents against travelling to Ukraine

SEVASTOPOL. Dec 31 (Interfax) - The Sevastopol city administration has warned that trips to Ukraine may be unsafe for residents of Crimea.

"Crimeans face risks primarily while travelling to the neighboring countries to visit their relatives or have their biometric passports and other Ukrainian documents issued to them. We recommend that the residents of the peninsula be cautious and not travel to Ukraine unless absolutely necessary," the Sevastopol city administration said in a statement posted on its website.

It warned of "continuing attempts to persecute residents of Crimea and Sevastopol travelling to Ukraine to visit their friends and relatives."

"Starting December 2019, the Ukrainian State Border Service has established special control over the fulfillment by citizens registered in the peninsula of judicial rulings handed down in relation to them by Ukrainian courts and restricting their travel abroad (for instance, if they have overdue alimony payments and debts on loans to banks confirmed judicially)."

The Sevastopol administration cited detentions of Crimeans on the border and warned them of "threats to their personal security."