SSU’s Spokesperson Yelena Gitlyanskaya confirmed reports circulating in the Ukrainian media.

“We did ban him from entering Ukraine for 5 years to ensure public security. One of the reasons for banning him was that he openly supported military annexation of Crimea,” wrote Gitlyanskaya on her Facebook page.

A message confirming the ban has also been published on the SSU’s Twitter page.

“A 5-year entry ban has been imposed on Mikhail Gorbachov for publicly supporting annexation of Crimea,” the message says.

It was reported earlier that Mikhail Gorbachov said that Putin did the right thing by occupying Crimea. According to Gorbachev, if he had been in Putin’s position and faced a similar situation, he would have done the same.

In his turn, Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on May 26 that the Kremlin approves Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s intention to restore Ukraine’s jurisdiction over occupied Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The Ukrainian Parliament set February 20, 2014 as an official date of the beginning of Crimea’s occupation by Russia.