Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships off the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Poroshenko said that the ban on Russian male immigration is created to prevent a repeat of the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea, in which nominally "private" commandos acting at the Kremlin's direction seized and occupied sovereign Ukrainian territory. First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov.

"Moscow will certainly do everything to abide by conventions on diplomatic relations and protect Ukraine's diplomatic facilities in our country", she said.

Poroshenko has said the martial law won't affect Ukrainians' civil rights, just those of Russians.

Clearing leaves up from green areas near Mariupol's under-used railway tracks is a group of Ukrainian women, in orange overalls, who will probably add the ban on Russians to the list of things they blame their president for.

"This means that discussion of important issues on the global and bilateral agenda will be postponed indefinitely", Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state media. "Therefore, we do not exclude that the Russian special services can instantly release their own story, how this performance was prepared, and as a result discredit our intelligence services to provoke a distrust of radio intercepts, which the SBU and intelligence had announced before", Huskov said. He told the newspaper the seizures showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin "wants nothing less than to occupy the sea".

Fighter jets and attack helicopters were deployed to assist Russian vessels, which chased the Ukrainian ships down, rammed one and opened fire on all three. He claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin sees himself as a "Russian emperor" and Ukraine as a Russian "colony".

"The only language he [Putin] understands is the solidarity of the Western world", Poroshenko stressed, calling for fresh sanctions on Moscow. A lawyer representing the sailors in Crimea, Jemil Temishev, said on Thursday that he believed the sailors were being transferred to Moscow's Lefortovo jail, one of Russia's most notorious prisons, used for holding suspected spies and political prisoners.

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However, the only route for ships to enter the Sea of Azov is the Kerch Strait, and the agreement between Russian Federation and Ukraine regarding shared use of the strait specifically states that foreign warships can not enter the Sea of Azov without the permission of both parties.

While blaming Russian Federation for tensions, Merkel showed no signs of being ready to back military support.

Ukrainian State Border Service Head Pyotr Tsigikal said earlier that security measures would be tightened at crossing points.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday's naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Putin reiterated the Kremlin's accusation that Poroshenko manufactured the entire incident in order to put Ukraine on a war footing and thereby enhance his flagging support before a March presidential election that he was sure to lose.

However, the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation navies regularly patrol the Black Sea and could opt to increase those missions. They are facing charges of illegally crossing the Russian border, which carries a possible maximum sentence of six years in prison.

"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.

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