The so-called "Yevpatoria City Court" in Russian-annexed Crimea has ruled to expel 23 citizens of Ukraine from the peninsula for "working illegally."
"Officers of the border department have established the fact of employment of 36 citizens of Ukraine in the Yakorek kindergarten in the village of Novo-Ozerne near the city of Yevpatoria," Crimea's Russian-controlled news agency CrimeaInform reported, citing the Russian FSB border department in Crimea as its source.
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The news agency said that all the offenders had been made administratively liable as "foreign citizens or stateless persons working illegally in Russia."
"In addition, 18 people were punished for violating the regime of stay in the Russian Federation. However, it was later revealed that the violations had been eliminated partially," it said.
"Under a Yevpatoria court ruling, 23 Ukrainians were again held accountable under Part 3 of Article 18.10 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation: they were expelled from the country and banned from entering Russia in the next five years," it added.
UNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognize the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.