Bor­der de­lays

Kyiv Post - - Leiuferost 2y0le12 -

A Ger­man jour­nal­ist said he was re­fused en­try to Ukraine by car for sev­eral hours and was told only a bribe would speed up the process. Olaf Sun­der­meyer told Deutsche Welle he was head­ing to Ukraine from Poland via the Doro­hus-ya­ho­dyn cross­ing in or­der to re­port on Ukraine’s prepa­ra­tion for the June tour­na­ment. Sun­der­meyer said he and two other jour­nal­ists passed through Pol­ish bor­der con­trol in 15-20 min­utes, but were then held for seven hours at the Ukrainian bor­der, de­spite not be­ing told of any prob­lems with doc­u­ments. Ac­cord­ing to Sun­der­meyer, other driv­ers who were wait­ing at the cross­ing said he could speed up the process by pay­ing a bribe of up to 50 eu­ros. He said the group was fi­nally al­lowed through with­out pay­ing and with­out an ex­pla­na­tion for the de­lay. The State Bor­der Guard Ser­vice re­jected this ver­sion of events. Mykola Ly­tyvn, the bor­der guard chief, said there will be a “regime of max­i­mum as­sis­tance” in place for fans with Euro 2012 tick­ets.

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