Ukrainian Border Service says about 800 Russians denied entry to country since Dec. 26

Ukrainian Border Service says about 800 Russians denied entry to country since Dec. 26

About 800 Russian citizens have been denied entry to Ukraine since December 26, the day when the martial law in Ukraine was lifted, Oleh Slobodian, the assistant of the head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, said on Tuesday, UrduPoint reported.

On Sunday, Slobodian said that over 700 Russians had not been allowed to visit Ukraine since December 26.

"Since the lifting of the martial law about 800 Russian citizens were not allowed [to cross into the Ukrainian territory]," Slobodian said as quoted by Ukraine's UNN news agency.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared martial law in ten regions bordering Russia, Moldova, the Black and the Azov seas in November after Ukrainian vessels clashed with Russiancoast guards in the Kerch Strait.

Martial law lasted for a month ans was lifted on December 26. Under a separate law, Ukraine also restricted access for all Russian men aged 16 to 60.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the incident was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law. The Russian president suggested that the provocation might be linked to Poroshenko's low approval ratings ahead of the presidential election.

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