Border closed to all Rus­sian men un­der 60 by Ukraine

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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.

Ukrainian pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko tweeted that the re­stric­tions on Rus­sian trav­ellers have been taken in or­der to pre­vent Rus­sians from form­ing “pri­vate armies” fight­ing 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 on their way to the Sea of Azov.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows Thurs­day’s de­ci­sion by US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to scrap the much-an­tic­i­pated meet­ing with Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin.

Mr Trump said it was not ap­pro­pri­ate for him to meet Mr Putin since Rus­sia has not re­leased the Ukrainian sea­men.

A Rus­sian govern­ment-ap­pointed om­buds­man for Crimea told Rus­sian news agen­cies that all the sea­men have been trans­ported from a de­ten­tion cen­tre in Crimea.

The three com­man­ders have 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.

The Ukrainian ves­sels had been try­ing to pass through

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