Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

It also has prompted global concern and renewed Western criticism of Russian Federation, with the US and its allies expressing support for Ukraine.

Poroshenko's comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev to gain Western support for more sanctions against Moscow, securing tangible new Western military help, and rallying opposition to a Russian gas pipeline that threatens to deprive Ukraine of important transit revenues.

President Poroshenko imposed 30 days of martial law, warning there was a threat of "full-scale war" with Russian Federation. The presidential election is scheduled for next March and Poroshenko in recent polls was seen lagging behind his archrival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine on Friday barred Russian men of combat age from entering the country following the imposition of martial law on November 27.

The move came after Poroshenko warned of a build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine´s borders, escalating the most risky crisis in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours.

"As far as Ukraine is concerned - not the state itself, but mostly Pyotr Poroshenko, who is now ruling the country - it is just horrifying to talk about tit-for-tat responses", Zakharova said.

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.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Trump will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit.

Ukraine called the incident "an act of aggression", but Russian Federation maintains that the Ukrainian ships had trespassed in its waters. As Russian Tsar, as he sees himself, his empire can not function without Ukraine.

A Crimea court this week ruled that the Ukrainian seamen will be kept behind bars for two months pending Russia's investigation into the clash. Three Ukrainian military vessels - two gunboats and a tug - tried to sail through the strait without getting proper permission from Moscow.

In Moscow, a Russian lawmaker was quoted by RIA news agency as saying Russia had no plans for a reciprocal move to bar Ukrainian men.

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There were signs tensions wouldn't be letting up any time soon.

The Kremlin said Poroshenko's request for naval support appeared to be aimed at increasing tensions in the area.

The peninsula existed as a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine, with political bonds to Kyiv but strong cultural ties to Moscow.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian intelligence agency announced on Friday that they are investigating a senior cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Ukrainian church, which has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, moved close to forming an independent church - fueled by the conflict with Russia Ukraine's Orthodox communities earlier this year.

That year saw the start of an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

There are now three Orthodox communities in Ukraine, including two breakaway churches.

"I'm feeling the pressure from all sides".

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

The search of the cleric's home came a day after Poroshenko announced that the Constantinople patriarchy had approved a decree granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, a major boost to the president's approval ratings as he runs for re-election.

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