Russia has restricted the entry of Ukrainians: they can only cross the border through the airport and one checkpoint - ForumDaily
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Russia has restricted the entry of Ukrainians: they can only cross the border through the airport and one checkpoint

The Russian Federation has sharply limited the possibility of Ukrainian citizens from third countries entering the country: now they will be able to cross the Russian border only through Sheremetyevo airport and the Ludonka automobile checkpoint from Latvia to the Pskov region, reports with the BBC.

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The government said that this was a temporary measure “aimed at ensuring the security” of Russians in the “current geopolitical conditions,” Interfax, TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies reported, citing the text of the document. It has not yet been officially published.

Until now, citizens of Ukraine, including refugees from territories where hostilities are taking place, could enter Russia and leave the country through any checkpoint.

Residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine who left for Europe and other countries could actually only get home through Russian territory. Many people still have relatives in the occupied territories.

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For refugees from the eastern regions of Ukraine, entering Russia was one of the most accessible options for escaping from the war zone. Many of them remained in Russia, many traveled through the territory of the Russian Federation to Europe and other countries to receive refugee status there.

Upon entering Russian territory, many Ukrainian citizens, including women and the elderly, were subjected to thorough inspection and questioning by border guards. At checkpoints, including on the border with Estonia and Latvia, Ukrainian citizens, even those who also have Russian citizenship, were often forced to wait several days to cross the Russian border.

Thus, in the summer, Russian border guards allowed only a few people per day into Russia.

A BBC correspondent witnessed Ukrainian citizens traveling on a regular bus from Riga to Moscow undergoing interviews at one of the border crossings between Russia and Latvia, which lasted an average of half an hour. At the same time, the bus was delayed at the border for more than 10 hours.

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After the start of the war, Ukraine introduced a visa regime for Russians; Russia did not do this and claimed that it was doing so for humanitarian reasons. Just two days ago, Russian Foreign Ministry representative Maria Zakharova argued that Moscow would not “take it out on ordinary people interested in maintaining family and spiritual ties,” “based on this humanitarian logic, the visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens was preserved.”

“The opportunity to freely come and stay in Russia is extremely important for numerous Ukrainian refugees,” Zakharova said.

Limiting checkpoints for Ukrainians may actually turn out to be a prohibitive measure, given the capacity of the only border crossing in the Pskov region and Sheremetyevo, through which few Ukrainians can now afford to fly.

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At the same time, Ukrainian citizens who are located on the territory of the four Ukrainian regions that Russia is trying to annex will be able to cross the border as before.

“They enter Russia through checkpoints located on the administrative border between the new entities (as Russian authorities call the occupied territories of Ukraine) and neighboring territories,” reports the Russian state agency TASS.

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