KIEV, February 8. /TASS/. More than 1,000 Russian citizens have been barred from entering Ukraine since the beginning of 2019, Spokesman for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service Oleg Slobodyan said on Friday.
"More than 1,100 Russians have been denied entry since the beginning of the year," the UNN news agency quoted him as saying.
According to Slobodyan, approximately 1,000-1,200 Russian nationals daily cross the border into Ukraine. They are the citizens of Russia who are ethnic Ukrainians and have families in Ukraine or those who come for educational or humanitarian purposes and have earlier undergone checks.
On January 17, Andrey Demchenko, head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service’s press department, said that Ukraine had denied entry for over 500 Russian nationals since the beginning of 2019.
Martial law was introduced in the Vinnitsa, Lugansk, Nikolayev, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkov, Chernigov, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, and in Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Azov-Kerch area on November 26 after an incident in the Kerch Strait and expired on December 26. In the wake of martial law, Kiev restricted entry for Russian men aged between 16 and 60. The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service said that about 1,650 Russian nationals could not enter the country during the period of martial law.
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council left in place entry restrictions for Russian men aged between 16 and 60 after martial law was lifted.