Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Russian Federation sanctions more Ukrainian citizens, entities

Russia sanctions 245 individuals & 7 firms Russia expands economic sanctions on Ukraine
Patty Aguilar | 27 December, 2018, 16:18

Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian Navy vessels, and 23 crew members, in the Kerch Strait (a channel that separates the Sea of Azov and Black Sea, to the south of Ukraine and Russia) on Sunday has provoked worldwide criticism and concern.

President Petro Poroshenko has announced the termination of the legal regime of martial law in ten regions of Ukraine.

"Today, right now, at 2 p.m. martial law ends".

A sum of 567 people and 75 Ukranian organizations presently confront Russian monetary authorizations, which put a stop on any advantages they have in Russia.

Poroshenko also suggested on Wednesday that turning away "more than a thousand Russian citizens who failed to justify the goal of their travel to Ukraine" when they attempted to cross into the 10 regions under martial law had led to "26% fewer crimes in the past month than usual".

"A detailed analysis of the performance of all components of the state's defense sector under martial law will allow us to handle the identified challenges and will enhance the combat capabilities of our Armed Forces", he said.

Western governments accused Russian Federation of acting illegally and US President Donald Trump cancelled a meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires over the incident.

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The martial law was imposed in 10 regions that adjoin either Russia's borders or areas controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, as well as along the coast of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

On November 30, the Ukrainian State Border Service tightened border control and restricted arrivals of foreign citizens, first and foremost male Russian citizens aged from 16 to 60.

Relations among Moscow and Kiev have decayed since a star Western government came to control after the 2014 rebel against a master Russian pioneer, Moscow's addition of the Crimea and the flare-up of war in eastern Ukraine.

During a live-streamed military cabinet meeting in capital Kiev on Wednesday, Poroshenko said that not renewing the measure despite the ongoing "Russian threat" was his "principled decision".

Campaigning and elections are banned under martial law, he explained.

Previously critics attacked the acting president, saying that he used the incident in the Sea of Azov and the martial law to improve his ratings.

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