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Ukraine equips 157 border checkpoints with biometric identification systems

03.02.18

Ukraine has equipped 157 border crossing checkpoints with biometric identification systems, the State Border Guard Service said in a statement dated 2 February 2018.

A total of 1,200 new workplaces for border guards were set up on Ukrainian frontier checkpoints and more than 400 automated workplaces were equipped with fingerprint scanners.

So far, more than 57,000 foreigners, including 42,000 Russian citizens, have crossed the Ukrainian border under the new biometric control procedure.

On 1 January 2018, Ukraine has begun to gather biometric data from foreigners at the country's border control points.

Under this system, Ukrainian border guards collect fingerprints from international travelers entering Ukraine and check their passports against several databases, including the database of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

The checks are compulsory for citizens from 71 countries in Ukraine's list of the states with a high migration risk, but only selectively for other foreigners.

xinhuanet.com

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