Ukrainian people smugglers cross the border in a military truck
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Ukrainian people smugglers cross the border in a military truck

GAZ-66 truck

In Transcarpathia, a GAZ-66 truck with a black military license plate crossed the state border from Ukraine to Hungary. The Hungarian border guard detained 32 Ukrainian citizens, Colonel Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian border guard, announced on Monday.

The official said Ukrainian Truth the news portal reported that the incident occurred on Sunday between Kosyn (Kockaszállás) and (Velyka Byihan’) Nagybégány. CCTV cameras recorded the truck driving from a dirt road through farmland towards the border. Later, an empty vehicle was found on the Hungarian side, with all passengers abandoned.

The Hungarian side later announced the detention of 32 people,

– said the spokesman.

As he said, the illegal border crossing took place in the area controlled by the Border Guard unit in Mukachevo (Munkács) and the necessary checks are currently underway. He noted that technical means were used to record vehicle traces in a neighboring country. In addition, the Ukrainian border guard detained several people who may be related to the illegal transit of these people.

He explained that organized criminal groups involved in people smuggling usually promise to transport criminals across the country’s border for significant sums of money.

During the inspection, it was not established whether the car belonged to military units.

The officer noted that the Hungarian side had not yet handed over the detained Ukrainian citizens to Ukraine.

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Via MTI, Ukrainska Pravda; Featured image: Wikipedia