The Odesa department of the Security Service of Ukraine has opened the first criminal case on state border trespassing, State Border Service chief Petro Tsyhykalo has said on Facebook.
On 11 December, the Bilhorod-Dnistrovkyy border unit stopped a 32-year-old Moldovan. National, who was banned from entering Ukraine, when he was trying to illegally cross the border.
He is facing up to three years in prison.
Until the autumn of 2018, trespassing was an administrative offence.