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SIMFEROPOL, August 5. /TASS/. Russia’s border guards in Crimea have detained a young man who has managed to swim a shallow salt water bay of the Sea of Azov, sometimes called Lake Sivash, to get back home from Ukraine.
"The young man, questioned by border guards, explained that he had entered Ukraine two weeks ago in a legal way on foot through the international checkpoint Dzhankoi. He spent the whole time at a monastery. As he was about to get back home, it turned out that he was expected to present a special pass that could be issued to him in the city of Zaporizhia far away from the place he was staying. Short of cash, the man thought it would be far easier for him to swim back home across Lake Sivash," the border guards office said.
The bay’s narrowest place is two kilometers wide, and the widest, 35 kilometers. It is unclear where exactly the man managed to cross the lake.
Shortly after the Crimean resident was detained, a Ukrainian border guard approached a Russian patrol to demand the trespasser be extradited to Ukraine. The request was rejected.
For crossing the Russian border illegally the young man was fined an equivalent of 30 dollars.