Ukrainian border guards have been accused of stamping a Russian man’s passport with the phrases “Russian warship, go f*** your self”.
Igor Zabotin says he was turned away on the Romania-Ukraine border on 15 August and had his stamp marked with the phrase.
The phrases have been famously stated by Ukrainian border guards on Snake Island on the very begin of Russia’s invasion in February. The lads prompted worldwide consideration by swearing and defiantly refusing a Russian warship’s calls for to give up.
Zabotin shared pictures on Fb of his Russian passport, and an undated stamp with Cyrillic phrases on the web page subsequent to his identification particulars.
He says that the stamp was added to his doc by “Ukrainian border forces” when he tried to cross the Porubne/Siret checkpoint within the southern Ukrainian area of Chernivtsi.
“I left the Ukrainian border in spite of everything procedures and earlier than Romanian customs, I ready my papers and opened my passport,” he instructed Euronews.
“No person instructed me something on the Ukrainian border. Militaries or customs, I do not know who did [it] precisely.”
In an announcement to Euronews, the State Border Service of Ukraine said that they solely use official stamps to mark passports.
“The samples and the process for marking the crossing of the state border of Ukraine are accepted by a 2019 order by the Ministry of Inner Affairs of Ukraine.”
“This marking by authorised officers is just not offered for by the laws of Ukraine,” they added.
The authority didn’t verify if they’d launched an investigation into the matter.
In one other submit on Fb, Zabotin says he was initially denied entry to Romania due to a visa problem.
“I handed the primary [border post] alive and nicely. The second, [I] was not allowed in, regardless of all official statements that they might let in third-country nationals with Ukrainian residence permits and who have been there in the course of the struggle.”
He then says that he was made to “spend the evening” between the 2 nations borders — paying homage to the Tom Hanks movie “The Terminal”.
“The Ukrainian customs officers took my passport and instructed me to spend the evening close to the duty-free store at their checkpoint,” he added on Fb. “A Ukrainian border guard got here up and despatched me to a impartial strip.”
Zabotin instructed Euronews that he has since crossed into Romania through one other border submit and is “secure” and is making use of for “non permanent safety”.
Romanian Border Police have instructed Euronews that the stamp was not utilized to Zabotin’s passport by their guards.
“In case a international citizen who doesn’t meet the authorized circumstances for entry into the nation … the particular person in query shall not be allowed to enter the nation and shall be given a type stating the explanations for the measure and methods to attraction,” an announcement learn.
Additionally they confirmed on Twitter that they didn’t apply the Cyrillic stamp, dispelling on-line misinformation.
‘There isn’t any Nazism in Ukraine’
Zabotin now works in web advertising and marketing after beforehand being employed with the unbiased Russian media, The Moscow Occasions.
He states that he moved to Ukraine from Barnaul, Russia, in 2015 and has been residing there legally for seven years.
Following Russia’s invasion, he has tried to go away the nation however says he turned trapped between Romania and Ukraine. He has additionally shared anti-war posts on social media that contradict Russia’s claims about Ukraine.
“The truth that I drove via central and western Ukraine with Russian quantity plates is direct proof that there is no such thing as a Nazism right here and there was no cause to start out this struggle,” he wrote on Fb.
“There isn’t any Nazism in Ukraine, by no means was and by no means might be, irrespective of how laborious the Kremlin propagandists strive,” he added.
The Kremlin had claimed that it launched a “particular army operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarise” and “denazify” the nation.
Russian residents face heavy fines or as much as 15 years in jail in the event that they deliberately share so-called “pretend information” in regards to the nation’s army, or its entities overseas.
“I do not blame the Ukrainian border guard service,” Zabotin instructed Euronews. “Possibly they needed to ship a message to Russian officers.”