Direct bus services from the mainland Ukraine to the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are absolutely illegal, told the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Yuriy Lavrenyuk at the board meeting in Kiev, as cited by Interfaks-Ukraine.
“We know that such violations occur. We conduct raids at checkpoints in the Kherson region together with the border guards and the Security Service of Ukraine. We are working on this so-called carriers issue. All other legal carriers, which have a license and a route, go only to the checkpoints. Passengers cross the border on foot and then take the Crimean transport, “ he said.
Lavrenyuk went on saying that, as a rule, such transportations are joint agreements between the concerned passengers and the drivers.
“Some individuals own minibuses category «B» to carry no more than eight passengers. They drive their own vehicles. They can not be stopped to check, for it’s a private transport, they are not carriers,” said he.
Before leaving, such drivers arrange with passengers and instruct them to tell the border guards that they are the driver’s relatives or friends.
“When they are stopped at the border, that is what the passengers say. Passengers of minibuses do not tell that they have a ticket and travel with the carrier when stopped. Official direct traffic without changing does not exist. All the announcements and Internet ads are illegal carriers,” Lavrenyuk concluded.
As QHA reported earlier, due to the aggravation of the situation on the administrative border with Crimea and in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the Ukrainian Security Service has imposed the "Red" level of terrorist threat at the Crimean border.