Ukraine bars entry of Russian males 16 to 60 amid naval conflict

Ukraine bars entry of Russian males 16 to 60 amid naval conflict

Kiev has imposed a blanket ban on all the Russian males aged between 16 and 60, effectively allowing only women and children to visit the country.

Poroshenko tweeted on November 30 that the restrictions on Russian travelers have been taken to prevent Russia from forming "private armies" fighting on Ukrainian soil.

Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters - a charge Ukraine strongly refutes. A verdict for the remaining 12 crew members is expected soon.

Russia denied having received such report, saying that the ships ignored multiple warnings by the Russian border guards.

As Maxim Nosenko strides the decks of one of Ukraine's moored naval gunships, frozen in a biting chill that rips through the port of Mariupol, he's left to contemplate Kiev's unlikely response to the apparent bid by Moscow to annex the sea behind him: inactivity.

She also warns "Ukraine's Western protectors" that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's idea of introducing the law was "very unsafe".

Andrew Wilson, professor of Ukrainian Studies at University College London in the United Kingdom, told Newsweek that Ukraine's official explanation for the new rules "is sound", saying the move was intended "to stop "little green men" appearing, or 'polite people, '" using some of the nicknames given to the advance Russian troops in Crimea.

Kiev accused Russian Federation, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, of launching "a new phase of aggression". There is also a line of nine vessels to leave the Azov Sea and eight other vessels are standing by near the port berths.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says it already has a strong presence in the Black Sea region, after Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko urged members of the military alliance like Germany to send warships amid tensions with Russian Federation.

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"First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov", Poroshenko said. A month later, it fomented a pro-Russia separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine in an ongoing conflict that to date has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Those tensions escalated this week when Russian authorities rammed and seized three Ukrainian vessels and 24 seamen near Crimea on Sunday.

The Russian military on Wednesday announced plans to deploy advanced antiaircraft missiles to the Crimean Peninsula amid rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

Lubina has not specified how many Ukrainians will be transferred to Moscow. The UN Security Council is now planning to hold a special meeting, requested by Russian Federation and Ukraine, as fears of a new bloody chapter in the region grow.

Map locating the Kerch Strait bridge that links Crimea to Russian Federation.

President Poroshenko said the worldwide community must not accept Russia's aggressive policy, in an interview with German newspaper Bild.

Jürgen Trittin, Germany's former environment minister and the current vice chairman of the German-Russian Friendship Group in the Bundestag, told DW that he thinks the decision by Ukraine "is not wise".

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