Russian men barred from entering Ukraine

Russian men barred from entering Ukraine

Russian men barred from entering Ukraine

Ukraine has banned Russian men aged 16 to 60 from entering the country, as the risk of military confrontation between the two neighbors reached its highest point in several years.

The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has told Sky News he has evidence that Russian tanks are massing along his country's border.

Russian coast guard ships on Sunday fired on and seized the Ukrainian vessels as they headed toward a contested strait close to Crimea, taking prisoner 24 Ukrainian sailors and triggering an worldwide crisis. Since then, both sides have accused the other of being at fault.

Pavlo said, however, he will not recognize a new Ukrainian church.

A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union and United States should consider banning from their ports Russian ships originating from the Azov Sea as a tit-for-tat measure.

The mentioned accident in Kerch Strait took place on Sunday, Russia seized two Ukraine gunboats and 1 tugboat sailing toward the Kerch Strait, the only entrance to the Sea of Azov, after the vessels failed to respond to lawful demands to stop, according to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

McAdams also emphasized that Trump was allowing himself to be manipulated and led by the very people he fiercely criticized during the 2016 presidential election campaign. "Putin wants to annex another part of Ukraine, he's behaving the same way", Poroshenko warned, alluding to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

What happened to the seized Ukrainian ships and sailors?

Separately, a Reuters correspondent in Crimea on Wednesday observed a Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, heading for the Sea of Azov.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Poroshenko's request for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to send warships into the Sea of Azov is "clearly aimed at provoking further tensions", adding that it was driven by the Ukrainian leader's "electoral and domestic policy motives". By opening fire on the Ukrainian vessels, Moscow reinforced its message that Crimea is Russian for good.

But Poroshenko charged that Putin "wants nothing less than to occupy the sea". The vessels were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait on their way to the Sea of Azov.

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Russian military officials said Wednesday that Moscow would soon deploy more of its advanced S-400 air defence systems in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

"We had to react after this act of aggression, and therefore I imposed martial law in some regions, because we have to protect our country".

The United States and other countries have also criticized the Russian actions in the Kerch Strait.

A detained Ukrainian sailor - one of 24 now detained by Russian authorities - is escorted to a vehicle after a court hearing in Simferopol, Crimea, on Wednesday.

The seamen are still being kept behind bars pending an investigation.

But the incident has prompted renewed calls for more Western sanctions on Russian Federation.

Our U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, however, accused Russian Federation of "outlaw actions" against the Ukrainian vessels and "an arrogant act the worldwide community will never accept".

US President Donald Trump has also said he may cancel a planned meeting with Mr Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week.

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.

He added that there needs to be increased pressure on Moscow, including stopping the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is being built under the Baltic Sea and would bypass Ukraine to deliver gas directly to Germany.

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