Ukraine refuses entry to Russian men as fear of invasion grows

Ukraine closes border to all Russian males between 16 and 60

Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure says Russian Federation has blocked 35 merchant ships from leaving or entering the Sea of Azov, a claim the Kremlin has denied.

The statement from Ukrainian officials comes six days after Russian forces seized three Ukrainian vessels and 23 sailors - six of whom were injured in the process - in the Black Sea.

The ministry said 18 ships were stuck in the Black Sea waiting to pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, while another 17 vessels were unable to sail out of Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov.

The Ukrainian leader has called for a stronger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the Black Sea region and for further Western sanctions against Russian Federation.

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Petro Poroshenko claimed Russian tanks are lining up along the border, close to where Russia stores its ammunition, Sky News reports.

The European Union described the move as "a gross violation of global law and of the territorial integrity of Ukraine".

Volker said the Ukrainian vessels were returning to Odessa "when the Russian vessels then pursued them and attacked them". Fighting there has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat after a 2015 truce.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships violated a treaty between the two countries and showed that Moscow can not be trusted. More important, Russia's state-capitalist model has led to weak competition and declining incentives for private investment and entrepreneurship.

The peninsula is strategically important to Russian Federation and the country has a naval base in Crimea.

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Ukrainian authorities have sought to portray Russian Orthodox clerics in the country as supporting separatists.

In a primer published on the G20 summit, former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson and vice president with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute said Trudeau must see if he and Freeland can find consensus among G7 fellow leaders on Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and on human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia. The main thing is to believe in your will, defend your dignity and to remember that entire Ukraine is with you...

President Poroshenko said the worldwide community must not accept Russia's aggressive policy, in an interview with German newspaper Bild.

On Tuesday, he warned there was a threat of "full-scale war" with Russian Federation.

"I don't want anyone to think this is fun and games".

The map clearly shows that the flight range of Russia's modern fighters Sukhoi Su-30 and Su-35 reaches the western regions of Ukraine.

Russian men between the ages of 16 and 60 years old will no longer be allowed entry into Ukraine, the government announced on Friday.

He said Poroshenko was creating a naval "provocation" to boost his ratings ahead of presidential elections in the country in 2019.

Nicu Popescu, director of the Wider Europe Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told Euronews that Russia's strategy is to keep "Ukraine down".

Kogershyn Sagiyeva, a member of the Moscow oversight council, told the television station Dozhd that 21 Ukrainian seamen are already at the Moscow Lefortovo jail while three others are in a hospital in another jail. "As for the citizens of Ukraine, there are no restrictions", Tsigikal said. However, the simple proximity between Russia and Ukraine makes it much easier for Russians to make it across the border and "foment trouble", he added, "so simply reducing that number makes sense". The Ukrainians deny any guilt, saying they obeyed their command's orders.

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