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Russians’ flow to Ukraine decreased twice after imposing entry limits

77 citizens of Russia were not allowed to enter Ukraine during the past 24 hours
13:17, 3 December 2018

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The number of Russian citizens willing to enter the territory of Ukraine has decreased twice as the restrictions of entry were imposed. Andriy Demchenko, the spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, made such statement, as 112 Ukraine reported.

According to him, 77 citizens of Russia were not allowed to enter Ukraine in the regions where martial law is imposed during the past 24 hours. The majority of them could not confirm the aim of their trip to Ukraine; some of them did not possess the proper documents or the length of stay in Ukraine was exceeded.

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“During the recent days, I am observing that the flow of the citizens of Russia willing to enter Ukraine has decreased. The average daily flow was from 2,500 up to 3,000 Russians two weeks ago now it is about 1,300-1,500 persons,” Demchenko reported.

He also appealed to the Ukrainians with the request to decrease their trips to the Russian Federation if it is possible, as Russia has accused Ukraine of the banning Russians from the entry groundlessly.

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At the same time, according to Demchenko, about 150 Ukrainians were banned from the entry to Russia during the past five days.

“Although, when the Ukrainian border guards do not let the foreigner to cross the border, they are provided with the refusal card where the legal grounds for such decision are explained. Our compatriots at the Russian border are banned groundlessly without the explanation for the refusal, and any documents are issued to them,” he said.

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Earlier it was reported that 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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