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Two Britons arrested after sneaking into the Ukraine from Moldova in a BOAT

Two British men are arrested and handcuffed by armed border guards after sneaking into the Ukraine from Moldova in a BOAT

  • Two British men arrested in Ukraine after crossing the border illegally
  • Moldovan man arrested with them for ferrying them across border river 
  • British citizens are allowed to enter Ukraine without a visa for 90 days
  • It is not known why the two British men felt the need to enter illegally 

Two British men have been arrested in the Ukraine after illegally entering the country, border officials say.

The two men had sneaked across the border from neighbouring Moldova, despite British citizens being free to enter the Ukraine without a visa.

A Moldovan citizen who had ferried them across a river making up the border between the two countries was also arrested.

Mystery: Two British men and a Moldovan citizen are arrested in the Ukraine after crossing the border illegally

Lions fan: A tattoo of the English football team's badge with the three lions clearly visible on one of the men's calves as they are being frisked by border guards

Lions fan: A tattoo of the English football team’s badge with the three lions clearly visible on one of the men’s calves as they are being frisked by border guards

The trio were caught by officers from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in a village called Yas’ky, some 38 miles east of the city of Odessa near the Moldovan border. 

Photos and video of the arrest show armed border guards dragging the three men out of a house and handcuffing them.

While being frisked for any potential weapons, a tattoo of the English football team’s badge with the three lions is visible on one of the British men’s calves.

The British men had paid the Moldovan man to take them into the Ukraine, border officials said in an online statement. 

It is not known why they had decided to cross into Ukraine illegally, as British citizens are allowed to enter the country without a visa for up to 90 days

It is not known why they had decided to cross into Ukraine illegally, as British citizens are allowed to enter the country without a visa for up to 90 days

The two Britons have been banned from entering the Ukraine for five years 

The three men were arrested in the border village of Yas'ky, having crossed a border river

The three men were arrested in the border village of Yas’ky, having crossed a border river

All three were transferred to Moldova and the Britons were slapped with a ban from entering the Ukraine for five years.

The Moldovan man has reportedly been jailed pending charges. 

It is not clear why the two British men decided to enter the Ukraine illegally. 

British citizens are allowed to enter Ukraine for up to 90 days within a 180 day period without a visa as long as they have a valid passport. 

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