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Ukraine has closed entry to all Russian men aged 16 to 60 years

This is a reaction to the conflict in the Kerch Strait.

The State Border Service of Ukraine has banned entry to the territory of the country by Russian men aged 16 to 60 years. The restriction will be valid for 30 days, until the end of martial law . This was at a meeting with Petro Poroshenko, said the head of the border service Pyotr Tsigikal, his words are also transmitted by the correspondent of the Ukrainian RBC.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]At checkpoints are carried out enhanced control measures. Today, the entry of foreigners is restricted, primarily for citizens of the Russian Federation.[/perfectpullquote]
Petr Zigikal
Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the introduction of martial law, which operates in areas on the border with Russia. On the same day, the State Border Service proposed banning Russian men from entering the country, which Poroshenko supported.

“Ukrainska Pravda”, citing the head of the State Border Service, clarified that Russians who would go “for some other humanitarian purpose”, for example, for a funeral, would be allowed into the country.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In 2014, Ukraine closed the entrance for Russian men from 16 to 60 years old, but they could get into the country through invitations of legal entities and individuals, or after the decision of the border service after intensive screening and verification of documents. Now this item has been canceled.[/perfectpullquote]

In addition, the martial law restricts constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, the right to privacy of housing, the right to property, the right to assembly and strikes . Ukraine has also introduced temporary restrictions for the passage of Russians to the checkpoint with the Crimea.

Conflict in the Kerch Strait:

  • On November 25, Russian border guards fired upon and detained three Ukrainian warships because, according to the FSB, they invaded Russia’s territorial waters;
  • Ukraine denies the charges and calls them a provocation. In the shelling suffered from three to six people. Ships delivered to the port of Kerch;
  • Ukrainian ships were heading from Odessa to Mariupol, but they did not let them pass through the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian side claims that it notified the Russian border guards of arrival in advance, but Russia denies this;
  • Putin called it a provocation by the Ukrainian authorities and Poroshenko before the 2019 elections. Trump, who was supposed to meet with the Russian president in Argentina, canceled the talks until “the situation is resolved.”
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