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Geraldine Edwards
December 1, 2018

Meanwhile, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko announced in a tweet on Friday that the country has barred Russian men between 16 and 60 from travelling to the country.

On November 29, Poroshenko said that Kyiv will impose "restrictions" on Russian citizens in Ukraine and the country's border guard said only Ukrainian nationals would be allowed to travel to Crimea in connection with the imposition of martial law for 30 days in parts of the country.

"Those who have such opportunities could help by exerting influence on the Ukrainian authorities", Peskov said.

Andrew Wilson, professor of Ukrainian Studies at University College London in the United Kingdom, told Newsweek that Ukraine's official explanation for the new rules "is sound", saying the move was intended "to stop "little green men" appearing, or 'polite people, '" using some of the nicknames given to the advance Russian troops in Crimea. We lack not only the resources, but also the will to let our young people die fighting another country's young people. 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.

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.

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". It is also not Moscow heating up the war in Donbas before launching an assault on all of eastern Ukraine or conquering a land bridge from Donbas to Crimea.

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Porshenko has claimed that Putin wants "nothing less" than to occupy the Sea of Azov.

The Ukrainian vessels - a tug and two gunboats - were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, but were refused access and chased into global waters by 10 Russian vessels.

The president did not say how long the ban would last.

"We need to rebuff the aggressor at any moment", Poroshenko told troops, according to a statement on his website.

The Ukrainian parliament on Monday also adopted a motion from Poroshenko to impose martial law in the country for 30 days in the wake of the standoff.

Ukraine's president has said that Russian Federation is gathering tanks on its border as the conflict between the two countries escalates and Ukraine activates its sweeping martial law powers to "protect" its border.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a measure which "strongly condemns" Russia's attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait - and called on the president to do likewise.

Ukraine has accused the Kremlin, after its annexation of Crimea in 2014, of continuing to support separatists in Ukraine's east.

For Russia will not, whether out of security concerns or ambition, stop tightening the noose the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait represent for Ukraine.

He has held phone talks with leaders on both sides, and said he would continue discussing the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Argentina.

Russian warships fired at the Ukrainian vessels and rammed the tug.

The 24 captured Ukrainian sailors have now been given two months in pre-trial detention by a court in Crimea. "The goal of Russia's military aggression is to establish full control over the Black Sea to influence the countries of the region". Until now, Ukraine's church has been under Moscow's control for centuries.

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