Ukraine Tightens Border
Under martial law, Ukraine imposed a ban on Russian men between 16 and 60 from entering the country
Since martial law’s introduction, Ukraine has imposed a ban on Russian men between 16 and 60 from entering the country as part of increased security measures that will be in force for 30 days.
The Hoptivka checkpoint on Ukraine’s eastern border is fully operational. However, hundreds of Russian men have been turned away at the border crossing.
“As of today, 6,213 Russian citizens attempted to cross the border, 218 were not allowed through. The rest were women, children, senior citizens, with legal grounds for crossing the border,” Andriy Ihnatyev, Head of Eastern Regional Department of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said.
There are no queues at the checkpoint, as the number of Russians seeking to visit Ukraine has dropped since martial law’s introduction on Nov. 28.
“Before the martial law was introduced approximately 5,000 Russians attempted to enter Ukraine daily. Now, this number is down to around 1,300-1,400 persons,” Oleh Slobodian, Aide to the Head of Border Guard Service of Ukraine said.
Meanwhile, the number of those, who are stopped at the border has increased nearly eight-fold.
“They either lack documents to support their reasons for visiting, or they took part in the fighting on the side of the Russian-led militants’ forces in Donbas. As for the Russians visiting for a funeral or to take part in educational or sporting events – in these cases, we decide in their favor,” Slobodian said.