Spokesman for the State Border Service of Ukraine Oleh Slobodyan has said a cadet of the Golitsyn Border Guard Institute of the FSB Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Sergey Udovichenko, is seeking asylum in Ukraine.
"A few days ago, a Russian citizen, born in 1997, arrived at the Hoptivka checkpoint [Kharkiv region] to enter Ukraine. He said he was a serviceman of the Russian FSB and asked for recognition as a political refugee," he wrote on Facebook.
According to Slobodyan, after initial interviews and examination of documents it was established he was indeed a third-year student of the Golitsyn Border Guard Institute of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.
"In the course of further communication, it turned out that the citizen of the Russian Federation, Sergey Udovichenko, is an ethnic Ukrainian, speaks Ukrainian well and, in his political views, condemns the current government in Russia. According to him, he repeatedly participated in opposition rallies and finally decided to leave for Ukraine after the presidential elections [in Russia]," Slobodyan said.
The Ukrainian authorities are considering Udovichenko's refugee status.