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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Restores Zone

KIEV () -- Ukraine's parliament Tuesday restored a Soviet-era border control zone with special powers for police to crack down on attempts by illegal migrants to travel to the West.

Deputies approved amendments to laws giving police and border guards authority to check individuals "giving cause for suspicion" and authorizing them to use weapons more often.

Soviet border regions had control zones up to 50 kilometers wide where foreigners needed special permission to visit.

Last year, 9,787 people, most from southeast Asia, were caught last year trying to cross Ukraine's western border to Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Statistics are about the same this year.