Visa-free travel for Russian citizens to Ukraine is officially abolishedCredit: Ukrainian State Border Service
The Ukrainian government’s decision to suspend visa-free travel for Russian citizens came into effect on Friday, July 1.
The abolition of visa-free travel to Ukraine for Russian citizens was announced by the head of the State Border Service, Serhiy Deyneko, on his official Facebook page.
The head of the State Border Service of Ukraine wrote:
“Visa-free travel is a privilege for citizens of developed democracies that do not kill civilians or undermine the sovereignty of other states. And Russia is clearly not on this list.
“The Neo-empire has started a twisted war, occupying Ukrainian territories, destroying the infrastructure of our cities, looting and killing our people!”
“The Russians, who commit all these crimes against our country, have done everything to make the civilized world perceive them as aggressors.”
“And we will not defeat the aggressors only on the battlefield. The visa regime will also allow us to strengthen the security of our State. From now on, every Russian will have to decide later on the purpose of his trip to Ukraine. ”
He also noted that now every Russian citizen will have to justify in advance the purpose of his trip to Ukraine.
According to Deyneko, even if a Russian citizen receives a visa, this does not guarantee unimpeded entry into Ukraine:
“After all, visa holders have to meet other conditions to cross the Ukrainian border. And the border guards will definitely check them. And if there are reasonable grounds, the visa will be canceled immediately! he concluded.
News of the abolition of visa-free travel for Russian citizens comes just a day after the Russian Defense Ministry announced Russia’s military withdrawal from Snake Island in the Black Sea, as it completed its missions of fight, as reported on Thursday, June 30.
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