Ukraine has imposed limits on the entry into the country of Russian citizens between 16 and 60 years of age, wrote the Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko, on his Twitter.
“Ukraine has imposed restrictions on the entry into the country of citizens of the Russian Federation between the ages of 16 and 60,” his twitter said.
According to Poroshenko, the measure aims to prevent Moscow from “forming private armed detachments in Ukraine.”
Україна ввела обмеження щодо в’їзду громадян РФ чоловічої статі віком від 16 до 60, щоб РФ не формувала в Україні загони “приватних” армій, які насправді є представниками Збройних Сил РФ. Щоб не дати росіянам здійснити в Україні ті операції, які вони планували ще у 2014 році. pic.twitter.com/upJyp1JLrO
— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) November 30, 2018
The measure was proposed on Monday by the Border Guard Service of Ukraine, which suggested introducing the limitations while martial law is in force.
In addition, since November 29, only people with Ukrainian identity documents will be able to cross the border between Crimea and Ukraine.
Human rights advocates have criticized the measures as draconian, and subject to abuse by local authorities.
On Monday, the Ukrainian parliament approved the introduction of martial law in some regions of the country for 30 days after the presentation of the respective project by President Pyotr Poroshenko.
The measure was taken following the incident in the Kerch Strait when three Ukrainian ships crossed Russia’s maritime border in breach of international law and were detained by the Russian border guard.
Moscow described what happened in the strait as a provocation and revealed that among the crew of the ships there were agents of the Security Service of Ukraine who, in fact, led the operation.
For the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the incident was organized by Kiev due to the internal political situation on the eve of the elections.
In addition, as of November 29, the border between Ukraine and the Crimea can only be crossed by people with Ukrainian documents, said the deputy chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Vasily Servatyuk.
However, these measures will not affect Ukrainian citizens, who can travel to the Crimea without restrictions, he said.
“They [citizens] may, as before, cross the national border without any obstacles, as well as entry and exit checkpoints on the border with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea [the name of the peninsula when it was part of Ukraine] and the line of delimitation in the area of operation of the unified forces,” he said.
He added that all units of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine are in a state of complete combat readiness.
According to the senior official, the Office is taking all necessary steps to strengthen the borders and its regime: additional detachments are involved, including the border guard, maximum use is made of lighting systems and entrance and exit.
“In combat readiness are the operational reserves, the Maritime Guard and aviation of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine,” he summarized.