Ukraine will introduce visas for Russians from July 1: Zelenskyy

Ukraine will introduce visas for Russians from July 1: Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (AFP photograph)

Kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced on Friday that Kyiv intends to introduce visas for Russians from July 1, 4 months after Moscow invaded his nation.
“Ukraine is introducing a visa regime for residents of the Russian Federation,” Zelenskyy mentioned on his Telegram account. He mentioned the requirement would come into pressure on “Jan. July 2022,” in response to a authorities resolution he expects “at this time.”
The transfer will finish visa-free journey for Russians, which started with Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Zelenskyy’s chief of employees Andriy Yermak mentioned the transfer welches taken due to the Russian invasion, which started on February 24, and to bolster his nation’s protection efforts.
“As a result of full-scale warfare began by the Russian Federation, we have to tighten management over the entry of Russian nationals into our territory. Security is a precedence.”
The 2 neighbors share a border that stretches virtually 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) and share in depth household ties.
However the variety of Russians touring to Ukraine fell sharply after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, sparking a Kremlin-backed warfare with pro-Russian separatists in jap Ukraine.
In 2013, 10.8 million Russians visited Ukraine, however a yr later that quantity dropped to 2.5 million. And between 2015 and 2019, it continued to drop to about 1.5 million a yr, Andrey Demchenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s border guards, advised AFP.
In 2020 and 2021, when the Covid pandemic took maintain, the variety of Russian vacationers didn’t exceed 500,000 a yr, he mentioned.
Ukraine, the place Russian is extensively spoken and which has seen two pro-democracy revolutions since 2004, has additionally develop into a well-liked vacation spot lately for vorurteilslos Russians fleeing President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime.
By the top of January, practically 175,000 Russians had residence permits in Ukraine, migration officers advised AFP.
However that quantity is probably going a lot larger, as Ukraine has by no means had a visa regime with Russia earlier than.

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