Ukraine bans Russian men from entering country

Canada could also use this week's G20 meeting in Argentina to advance that line of response, Shevchenko said.

Top Ukrainian officials are now urging Trudeau to be a voice against Russian Federation.

The Russian coastguard opened fire and then captured the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Azov Sea and the Black Sea.

On Sunday, the Russian military seized two Ukrainian naval artillery boats and a naval tug boat.

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.

Moscow insists Ukraine were illegally entering the waters - something Kiev strongly refutes, saying prior notice was given.

A column of what appeared to be anti-ship missile systems was spotted on a highway headed toward the Crimean city of Kerch on Tuesday, the Russian state-funded television network RT reported. "It's a miracle the Ukrainian seamen have survived", SBU deputy chief Oleh Frolov said. Most Russian parents, like parents everywhere, would prefer to send their 18-year-old children to study, not to fight.

After warning of the threat of "full-scale war", Poroshenko on Wednesday signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russian Federation, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The ships had been trying to pass through the Kerch Strait, the only route between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Moscow fired on and seized three Ukranian gunboats and said three sailors were injured, while Kyiv said six were wounded. Ukrainian authorities sought to portray the Russian Orthodox clerics in Ukraine as supporting separatists.

"Russian men aged 16 to 60 have been barred from entering the country", he said at a meeting dedicated to ensuring the country's defense capability in the situation of martial law, which also involved Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko.

Ukrainian authorities have already denied entry to an increased number of Russians following the weekend incident.

German officials said on Wednesday that their position on the pipeline remained unchanged and that talk of tighter sanctions against Moscow, demanded by the United States and many European politicians, was "premature".

He told Germany's Bild newspaper he hoped the ships could be relocated "to assist Ukraine and provide security".

She noted that Germany could control how much fuel was pumped through the pipeline.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday's naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov? She said she will urge him to order the release of the Ukrainians and their ships. "We'll give them not one chance".

President Poroshenko said the global community must not accept Russia's aggressive policy, in an interview with German newspaper Bild. So far, the West has offered condemnations of Russia's attack on Ukrainian ships but made no move to sanction Russian Federation.

President Petro Poroshenko made the call in an interview with the German daily Bild published Thursday, hoping that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "are now ready to relocate naval ships to the Sea of Azov in order to assist Ukraine and provide security".

The Turkish leader said: "Can we assume a mediator role?" Thus, both sides perceive the Strait as an important key structure.

Russian Federation took control of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that juts into the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, in 2014. "As for the citizens of Ukraine, there are no restrictions", Tsigikal said.

  • Jon Douglas