Russian men barred from entering Ukraine
30 Nov, 2018
The measure was announced on Friday at a security meeting where Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko assured that the move would “prevent the Russian Federation from forming detachments of private armies” in Ukraine “similar to the operations they tried to carry out in 2014.”
Ukraine believes that Russian citizens, including Russia’s regular soldiers, are fighting alongside Moscow-backed rebels who in 2014 seized parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, declaring them independent from Kiev.
Peter Tsigikal, the head of the state border service of Ukraine, told the president that his department was on the highest level of combat readiness, security measures were boosted on the border with Russia and the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula.
“The male citizens of the Russian Federation aged 16 to 60 are not allowed in. As for the citizens of Ukraine, there are no restrictions,” Tsigikal said.