Ukraine Is Blocking Russian Men of Combat Age From Entering the Country

Ukraine Is Blocking Russian Men of Combat Age From Entering the Country

Ukraine Is Blocking Russian Men of Combat Age From Entering the Country

Petro Poroshenko appealed for help from the west and this morning banned Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from travelling into the Ukraine.

With 24 sailors still in Russian prisons and a vital sea route now seized, it seems, Kiev has found itself much more isolated than in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea.

"We will use its capabilities to strengthen the Armed Forces in rebuffing Russian aggression", he said.

Yet, both sides could gain from this.

The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

President Poroshenko imposed 30 days of martial law, warning there was a threat of "full-scale war" with Russian Federation.

In a meeting with security officials, Poroshenko said the ban targeting men between the ages of 16 and 60 should prevent Russian servicemen disguised as civilians from sneaking into the country as they did in Ukraine's east, where Moscow backed the separatist insurgency with troops and weapons in a conflict that has left more than 10,000 people dead. On Thursday Kiev barred all foreigners from entering Russia's region of Crimea through the land border with Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian leader tweeted Thursday that "there will be restrictions regarding Russian citizens, which I believe are quite justified". Bolshoi Theater's soloist Andrei Merkuriev said he was denied entry to Ukraine to attend a ballet show that he staged in the southern port city of Odesa.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says it already has a strong presence in the Black Sea region, after Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko urged members of the military alliance like Germany to send warships amid tensions with Russian Federation.

The Kremlin, the resolution reads, must "immediately release all Ukrainian crew members and vessels and to cease its harassment of Ukrainian and worldwide shipping transiting the Kerch Strait".

On Wednesday, Crimean courts imposed two-month pre-trial detentions on all 24 Ukrainian sailors, who are suspected of breaching the Russian state border (part 3, Article 322 of the Russian Criminal Code).

The Ukrainian Navy commander noted that he did not consider the decision to dispatch the ships to the region to be a mistake. Russia's closing the Strait on security grounds under Article 25 of UNCLOS and then its use of lethal force, even after firing a warning shot and barely justified under Article 30 of the Convention, underscore how little worldwide law matters to the peril now taking risky form. She said she met with some of the seamen and they appeared to be in good shape. "Russian coast guard ships take under control the civilian ships going to our ports and take some time to check all documents", said Nosenko. It would also severely erode the power and prestige of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has positioned itself as a leading player within the global Orthodox community.

The Istanbul-based patriarch Bartholomew, considered "first among equals" of all Orthodox church leaders, earlier this year took the first major step toward granting the Ukrainian church a "Tomos of Autocephaly", or full ecclesiastic independence, when he removed condemnation of leaders of schismatic Orthodox churches in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church and Russian authorities have strongly condemned the move, warning it could trigger sectarian violence. Ukrainian authorities sought to portray the Russian Orthodox clerics in Ukraine as supporting separatists.

Ihor Guskov, chief of staff of the SBU intelligence agency, told reporters on Friday that its officers are searching the home of Father Pavlo, who leads the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev.

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