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Two Russian journalists were not allowed to enter Ukraine

The border guard knocked back chief editor of internet media “Takie Dela” Anastasiia Lotareva and correspondent of “Dozhd” Yevgenia Zobnina
14:41, 5 December 2018

State Border Service

The Ukrainian border guards did not allow two Russian journalists to enter Ukraine. One of them is chief editor of internet media “Takie Dela” (so it goes, - 112.international) Anastasiia Lotareva, as she reported about this case on Facebook.

“Nice Kyiv city, wonderful airport “Zhuliany”, it is pitiful, I am deported after two hours of expectation to not less beautiful Minsk city. (“The purpose of the visit is not confirmed”, however, I came at the invitation of the social organization). I was questioned (in a very polite form) about Holodomor, Ukrainian sailors, and “Boeing” for two hours. Also, when I mentioned “Memorial” they tensed a lot, confusing it with “Immortal regiment” and OBD “Memorial,” she wrote.

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Besides, Yevgenia Zobnina, the correspondent of “Dozhd” could not get into the territory of Ukraine. According to the TV channel website, she arrived at the invitation of human rights center “Memorial,” Luhansk human rights center “Alternative,” and German organization DRA for the participation in the blog-tour on Donbas. Zobnina had to depart from Kyiv to Kramatorsk in the evening of December 4.

The journalist was interviewed at Kyiv airport. Zobnina was asked about the organizer of her visit and who paid for it. Moreover, the law enforcers were interested whether she covered the topics connected with Crimea and construction of the Crimean Bridge, whether she visited the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and whether she knew about imposing martial law. Finally, Zobnina was refused the entry as she could not confirm the aim of her visit.

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Ukraine has banned the entry to its territory for the male citizens of Russia in the age from 16 up to 60. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proposed to tighten the rules of the registration in Ukraine for the Russians.

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

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Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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