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

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"Russian men aged 16 to 60 have been barred from entering the country", he said at a meeting dedicated to ensuring the country's defense capability in the situation of martial law, which also involved Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko.

The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine bubbled over on Sunday when Russian border guards opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea.

The ban's announcement followed President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday at the G-20 summit in Argentina, with Trump saying that such an interaction would be inappropriate after Russia's detention of the Ukrainian sailors.

Following the incident in the Kerch Strait off the coast of Crimea, which Russian Federation seized with its military in 2014, Ukraine declared a state of martial law for 30 days. "First it was the Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov", he continued. Fighting there has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat after a 2015 truce.

Moreover, the Russian military announced that it will deploy additional S-400 anti-air batteries in Crimea to counter any Ukrainian or Western aggression.

Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, said Trudeau should use his position as G7 president to deal with the current crisis.

Ukraine also accused Moscow of blocking the country's Sea of Azov ports in the aftermath of Sunday's clash.


"We can't accept Russia's aggressive policies".

The Ukrainian leader has called for a stronger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the Black Sea region and for further Western sanctions against Russian Federation. It supports church independence and Ukraine's closer integration with the West.

"The two leaders expressed deep concern about the incident in the Kerch Strait and the continued detainment of Ukraine's vessels and crew members", a White House statement said on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, but President Donald Trump expressed "deep concern" at Moscow's actions against a United States ally.

29 that Turkey could play a mediation role to ease tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine after the seizure of three Ukrainian ships by Moscow sparked a major crisis.

Kogershyn Sagiyeva, a member of the Moscow oversight council, told the television station Dozhd that 21 Ukrainian seamen are already at the Moscow Lefortovo jail while three others are in a hospital in another jail. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Deputy Head of Security Service of Ukraine, Oleh Frolov demonstrates an image showing Ukrainian armoured artillery vessel Berdyansk damaged by Russian shelling during a news conference on the Black Sea incident, which took place off Russian-annexed Crimea on November 25, in Kiev, Ukraine November 29, 2018. "The exceptions might be applied to individuals with diplomatic status in Ukraine, transport service personnel, people who have temporary or permanent residency in Ukraine, also those who are coming for humanitarian goal, including death or illness of close relatives". Several dozen Ukrainian ships have been blocked from either entering or leaving the sea.

Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko, who claimed to possess evidence of preparations for a major Russian ground offensive into Ukraine, announced that extra border restrictions would be imposed.

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