Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend.
Two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to rebuild “the old Russian Empire” in the midst of tensions between Kiev and Moscow over the seizure of three Ukrainian vessels in Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of orchestrating a naval "provocation" in the Black Sea at the weekend in order to boost his flagging popularity ratings before an election next year.
Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port.
Ukraine’s central bank will raise its key interest rate today as the weakening hryvnia currency could stoke inflation and the prospect of more foreign aid remains uncertain, a monthly poll of analysts showed on Wednesday.
Ukrainian TV Channel, ZIK has reported the discovery of a burial of a female Scythian warrior — who is thought to have been part of the fierce all-female tribe of Amazons mentioned by the Greek epic writers and then the historian Herodotus.