Ukraine bans Russian men from entry in martial law Crackdown

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The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, tweeted that the latest measure was created to prevent Russia from forming units of "private" armies, "which in reality are representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation", on Ukrainian soil.

"This meeting is necessary for both sides", Ushakov told reporters.

"Today, at the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, historical decisions have been taken on the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church", Poroshenko said in a televised address.

Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Last week, Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian ships along with 24 sailors.

She says "we can only resolve this in talks with one another because there is no military solution to all of these conflicts". Russian RT television on Friday broadcast footage of a convoy of massive vehicles carrying long-range Bal anti-ship missiles moving toward Kerch, near the area where the naval incident occurred.

The EU first slapped sanctions on Russian Federation after it annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Kyiv in 2014.

"The goal is simple... by placing a blockade on Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea, Russia hopes to drive Ukraine out of our own territory - territory that is ours in accordance with all relevant global laws", Omelyan wrote on Facebook.

Russia's refusal to release the sailors was given by President Trump as the reason for canceling his Putin meeting.

Separately, a Reuters correspondent in Crimea on Wednesday observed a Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, heading for the Sea of Azov.

Peskov on November 29 criticized Poroshenko's request for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov, alleging it was "aimed at provoking further tensions" and driven by Poroshenko's "electoral and domestic policy motives".

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The damage on one of three Ukrainian ships is seen after it had been seized, November 25, 2018, in Kerch, Crimea.

The naval boats had been sailing from Odessa to Mariupol, a Ukrainian port on the Azov sea, when they were confronted by the FSB vessels.

Russia's government-appointed ombudsman for Crimea told Russian news agencies that all the seamen have been transported from a detention centre in Crimea.

When Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the annex in 2014, Ukraine accused Russia of committing a war crime and the worldwide community widely viewed the annexation as illegal.

After the naval skirmish, Poroshenko, supported by a majority in the parliament declared 30 days of martial law in regions bordering Russian Federation.

On Wednesday the European Union strongly condemned Russia's actions but failed to agree on new sanctions against Russian Federation.

United States President Donald Trump called off a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 over the ship seizure. But Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the State Border Guard Service, said that it had stepped up its controls of who is allowed to enter the country and barred 150 people, including 80 Russians.

"We will use its capabilities to strengthen the Armed Forces in rebuffing Russian aggression", he said.

Whatever Putin's true objective are, the Russians seem increasingly focused on making things as turbulent as possible for Ukraine.

A Crimea court has ruled that the sailors will be detained for two months pending the outcome of an investigation.

"Moscow will certainly do everything to abide by conventions on diplomatic relations and protect Ukraine's diplomatic facilities in our country", she said.

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