Ukraine restricts entry for Russian men age 16 to 60

Ukraine restricts entry for Russian men age 16 to 60

Ukraine restricts entry for Russian men age 16 to 60

This threat assessment may be real: By pushing back the Ukrainian forces and, say, handing the Azov shoreline to the Russian-backed Donbas separatists, Moscow solves the alleged Sea of Azov vulnerability problem while, at the same time, possibly securing a land corridor from Russia to Crimea. The Russians then seized the ships and have detained their 24 crew members. Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea was rightly seen as a serious violation of global norms, but few at the time recognized it as creating new tinder for war-other than maybe out of a long-term smoldering Ukrainian revanchism.

But Ukraine and foreign observers said it marked the culmination of a yearslong effort by Moscow to force its authority on the Sea of Azov, the waters of which are shared between the two countries, according to a 2003 agreement.

The latest confrontation began last weekend as the three small vessels tried to pass through the narrow Kerch Strait separating Russia's mainland from Crimea.

The martial law was imposed following the weekend incident in the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russian Federation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's not backing off plans for a joint pipeline with Russia, but is pledging to ensure Ukraine remains a transit country for Russian natural gas.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the east.

Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced Friday at a security meeting that all Russian males between 16 and 60 will be barred from travelling to the country while martial law is in place.

Pointing to an aerial photograph, he told Sky News: 'This is 18km from my border, this is the same warehouse where they have their ammunition, the same where they have multi-rocket launch systems, we should be prepared to protect my country.

In light of the escalation, U.S. President Donald Trump called off a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin, with whom he had been scheduled to hold talks on Saturday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

We will remind, the legendary "Valkyrie" - the Russian, who defend Ukraine on the frontline, commented on the introduction of martial law. And they should encourage leaders not only in Moscow and Kyiv but in Washington and European capitals to open their history books.

"A historic decision has been made to set up an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church", Poroshenko said Thursday.

The G7 group of nations also weighed in on Ukraine's behalf, blaming Moscow's actions that had "dangerously raised tensions". He said the cleric is suspected of "inciting hatred".

For centuries, the Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Both the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian authorities are strongly against the move, and have warned Ukraine not to do it, fearing sectarian violence.

There are three Orthodox communities in Ukraine, including two breakaway churches.

There are now three Orthodox communities in Ukraine, including two breakaway churches. The country is on high alert following a clash between Ukrainian and Russian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov on November 25. Now, it's moving close to forming an independent church, a momentous step pushed by Poroshenko that would split the world's largest Orthodox denomination.

"I recognise that the actions of the ships with military hardware of Ukraine's navy had a provocative character", said one Ukranian sailor, Vladimir Lisov.

"I'm feeling the pressure from all sides".

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