Ukraine's State Border Guard detained Mariya Zaitseva and Mariya Sheikh, the members of #2 Mashi, the Russian pop band. The agency reported this on Sunday morning.
The two Russian citizens were detained during the border control procedure as they headed to Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, riding the passenger train from Moscow to Kryvyi Rih.
The singers were supposed to perform at a nightclub in Kharkiv.
Zaitseva and Sheikh are banned to enter Ukraine for the next three years, the State Border Guard reports. The reason is that they illegally visited the Russian-annexed Crimea and performed there.
The singers, however, deny that they ever visited Crimea. Their Instagram account features a post, in which they reported that the Ukrainian Border Guard detained them upon arrival in Kharkiv and interviewed them. 'We spent six hours there. In the end, they banned us from entering Ukraine over the next three years. The reason is the music video that we shot two years ago in Crimea', the performers wrote.