Ukraine: Entry ban for Russian males is formally lifted, however de facto restrictions remain in place

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With the end of martial law, Kiev’s blanket ban on entry for Russian men should have been lifted. Yet, according to Ukraine’s customs spokesman, full scrutiny of not only males but also females will now be increased at the border. Ukraine temporarily banned Russian males, aged 16-60, into the country following the imposition of martial law last month. After Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ended martial law this week, Kiev also announced the lifting of the travel restrictions for Russians. Nevertheless, enhanced checks and “second line of control” at the border crossings with Russia by Ukrainian border guards continues. “We exercise increased control over the entry of foreigners into Ukraine,” spokesman for Ukraine’s border agency, Oleg Slobodyan, said Friday, noting that Russians remain a primary threat among their list of some 70 “migration risk” countries. “The State Border Service continues to monitor… all Russian citizens, clarifying the purpose of their visit to…

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