Ukraine limits access to its territory to foreigners to face threats it receives from its Russian neighbor.
Chief of Ukrainian border guards Petro Tsiguikal said the measure is intended primarily for Russian citizens aged 16 to 60 years.
The limitation comes as Ukraine has already introduced martial law in ten border regions of Russia. The Ukrainian president denounces Moscow’s desire to annex his country.
Petro Poreshenko, Ukrainian President: “These are measures to prevent Russia from setting up private military units, which are in fact representatives of the Russian armed forces, and to prevent them from carrying out operations planned in 2014. ”
The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry condemns a decision it considers irrational.
Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry: “Talking about reciprocity measures is simply terrifying because if someone tries to reiterate what is happening in Kiev, it could lead me to some sort of If we talk about it on a national scale, it could simply lead to a collapse. ”
For its part, the G7 calls Moscow to release the 24 Ukrainian sailors that the Russian Navy took prisoners after the arrest of their three ships in the Azov Sea last Sunday.
On the ground, the Ukrainian army conducts military exercises near the Sea of Azov and not far from the Russian border.
The exercises unfold as Russia deployed its fourth S-400 anti-aircraft defense system on the Crimean peninsula.
The S-400s are the latest ground-to-air missiles develloped by Russia.
This naval crisis around the Azov Sea is the first open military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, whose balance sheet exceeds 10 000 dead.