Rus­sian men barred from Ukraine en­try

MOVE TO STOP ‘PRI­VATE ARMIES’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - World -

UKRAINE’S pres­i­dent has said Rus­sian men be­tween 16 and 60 have been barred from trav­el­ling to the coun­try.

The move comes as the longsim­mer­ing con­flict be­tween the two na­tions es­ca­lated in the Black Sea on Sun­day.

Rus­sian bor­der guards opened fire on and cap­tured three Ukrainian ves­sels and their 24-mem­ber crew.

Ukraine pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko tweeted that re­stric­tions on Rus­sian trav­ellers had been taken in or­der to pre­vent Rus­sians from form­ing “pri­vate armies” on Ukrainian soil.

On Mon­day, the Ukrainian par­lia­ment adopted the pres­i­dent’s mo­tion to im­pose mar­tial law in the coun­try for 30 days in the wake of the naval stand-off near the Crimean Penin­sula, which Moscow an­nexed in 2014. The Ukrainian ves­sels had been try­ing to pass through the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov.

A Rus­sian govern­ment-ap­pointed om­budswoman for Crimea said the sea­men had been trans­ported from a de­ten­tion cen­tre in Crimea. The three com­man­ders had been taken to Moscow, she said.

A Crimea court ear­lier this week ruled to keep the Ukrainian sea­men be­hind bars for two months pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Petro Poroshenko

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