The State Border Guard of Ukraine kept over 70 Russian citizens away from entering the country - on one single day, Monday, November 26. The number included those who arrived from Belarus. Andriy Demchenko, the Head of the PR office of the Ukrainian authority told that in a commentary for 'Ukrainska Pravda' outlet.
Commenting on the statement of the State Border Committee of Belarus, which claimed that 47 Russian citizens were turned back to Minsk from Kyiv, Demchenko said there's been more of these cases.
'Yesterday, more than 70 Russian citizens were halted in the capital city's airports, Boryspil and Kyiv,' the official stressed. 'The overwhelming majority was not allowed because they could not confirm the goal of their visit to Ukraine. Another two illegally visited the occupied territories, including Crimea'.
The Russians who visited the occupied territories were prohibited to visit Ukraine again, while the others returned to where they came from on return flights, Demchenko concluded.
The boosted security measures at Ukrainian border checkpoints are related to the martial law, imposed in ten regions of the country, as well as in the Azov Sea waters. The martial law was imposed on Monday, November 26; it will last for at least 30 days, with possible prolongation. It was the response of the Ukrainian leaders to the aggression in the Sea of Azov, as Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian vessels in Kerch Strait.