Syrian woman seeks refugee status in Ukraine
A Syria woman, who arrived at the Hoptivka checkpoint in Kharkiv region from Russia, has appealed to Ukrainian border guards with the request to grant her refugee status in Ukraine, the press office of the Eastern Regional Directorate of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service reported on Saturday.
"During border control, the woman turned to border guards with the request to grant her political asylum in Ukraine. During the conversation, the woman explained that she was pregnant and arrived in Ukraine to save her life and the life of her future child, because there is a civil war in Syria which Russia fruitfully supports, and she is forced to seek asylum in Ukraine," reads the statement.
The woman also told border guards that she had arrived in Russia legally, but is afraid to stay there due to oppression by Russian special services because of her Islamic faith (Islam).
After filing the documents, the Syrian citizen was sent to the General Directorate of the State Migration Service in Kharkiv region.