Russian men barred from Ukraine

Russian men barred from Ukraine

Russian men barred from Ukraine

KIEV - Ukraine has banned Russian adult men aged 16-60 years from entering Ukraine, the head of the border service Petro Tsygykal said in a televised meeting on Friday.

In an interview with the German tabloid Bild published early Thursday, Poroshenko said, "Germany is one of our closest allies and we hope that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states are prepared to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine and provide security".

Russian coast guard ships on Sunday fired on and seized the Ukrainian vessels as they headed toward a contested strait close to Crimea, taking prisoner 24 Ukrainian sailors and triggering an worldwide crisis. There are a lot of families on both sides of the border.

Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in their nation's growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian men and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea.

"We can only resolve this in talks with one another because there is no military solution to all of these conflicts", she said.

The naval incident further escalated the tug-of-war that began in 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and supported separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

At least three Ukrainian sailors were wounded when Russian FSB border guards opened fire on two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug off Crimea.

Ukraine and a number of foreign governments demand to release the sailors, describing Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait as the act of military aggression. "First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov".

In recent months, Russian Federation has been deploying more forces in and around the Sea of Azov, stopping and searching almost 300 commercial vessels in an attempt to pressure Ukraine economically. Three Ukrainian sailors were wounded, and 24 crew taken into custody.

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"Putin wants nothing less but to occupy the sea", Poroshenko said.

Overall, 35 vessels have been prevented from carrying out normal operations and only vessels moving towards Russian ports on the Azov Sea are permitted entry, he said on Facebook.

Such was the claim of the Ukrainian naval commander last Sunday when told to turn back.

The move comes after Kiev imposed martial law in border regions this week over the seizure. But Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the State Border Guard Service, said that it had stepped up its controls of who is allowed to enter the country and barred 150 people, including 80 Russians.

However, the US President said there now will me an impromptu meeting as both leaders attend the G20 summit in Argentina. Watching a Russian boat ram a Ukrainian boat is no substitute for economic opportunities.

The seamen are still being kept behind bars pending an investigation.

The U.S. Senate has passed a measure which "strongly condemns" Russia's attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait - and called on the president to do likewise. "The objective of Russia's military aggression is to establish full control over the Black Sea to influence the countries of the region".

The peninsula existed as a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine, with political bonds to Kyiv but strong cultural ties to Moscow.

The White House on Wednesday said Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Ukraine-Russia incident by telephone and "the two leaders expressed deep concern about the incident in the Kerch Strait and the continued detainment of Ukraine's vessels and crew members".

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