Why Did Ukraine Ban Russian Men From Entering the Country?

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About it reports "Interfax-Ukraine" with reference to the press service of the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova.

We will remind, the legendary "Valkyrie" - the Russian, who defend Ukraine on the frontline, commented on the introduction of martial law.

He added that Russian Federation has a wide range of sanctions on Ukranian exports strangling Kyiv through ports in the Sea of Azov and pushing for economic destabilisation.

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.

President Poroshenko imposed 30 days of martial law, warning there was a threat of "full-scale war" with Russian Federation.

Further along the coast, the media are treated to a show of the strength that Ukraine's military has mustered in the last four years, a display of attack helicopters strafing an empty field, and anti-aircraft guns shooting a flare over the Azov coast. It would also severely erode the power and prestige of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has positioned itself as a leading player within the global Orthodox community.

The three ships are seized and 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner. Russian Federation has been constantly using the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to move corvettes armed with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles (potentially nuclear tipped) from the Caspian Sea through the Volga, the Volga-Don channel, the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, the Black Sea, the Bosporus, into the Mediterranean and then back again.

Earlier, the Russian MFA said the Russian people "could lose patience", which would lead to attacks on the Ukrainian diplomatic institutions on Russian territory.

Ukrainian State Border Service Head Pyotr Tsigikal said earlier that security measures would be tightened at crossing points. Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea was rightly seen as a serious violation of worldwide 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.

She says "we can only resolve this in talks with one another because there is no military solution to all of these conflicts".

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Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Poroshenko's request is "clearly aimed at provoking further tensions" and driven by the Ukrainian leader's "electoral and domestic policy motives".

The Sea of Azov became a virtual Russian lake, access to which was controlled by Russia, just as access to the Black Sea is controlled by Turkey.

According to the BBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the incident was "a provocation" organized by the Ukrainian government "in the run-up to the Ukrainian presidential election", which Poroshenko is expected to lose.

In Sunday's confrontation, Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and their crews trying to pass into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait between Russia's mainland and Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine.

Yet, both sides could gain from this. In order to stop the Ukrainian ships, weapons had to be used.

The incident, which took place in the Kerch Strait that separates the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea, caused several injuries among the 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also condemned what he called the "aggressive Russian action".

Friday's announcement follows Thursday's decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to scrap the much-anticipated meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.