March 16, entry for the residents of border regions of the Russian Federation through local checkpoints at the border between Ukraine and Russia is closed.
This has been reported by the press office of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
"Starting from March 16, the entry for the residents of border regions of the Russian Federation through the local checkpoints at the border between Ukraine and Russia is suspended. The border control and border crossing for this category of persons will be carried out at the international and interstate checkpoints on international passports. The internal passports of citizens of the Russian Federation and the birth certificates (for children up to 14 years) are invalid for entry to Ukraine," reads the statement.
Earlier, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Yevgeny Perebeynis said it would be easier to control the Russians’ entry to Ukraine on foreign passports. National passports do not allow a thorough control of the duration of stay in Ukraine, and foreign passports give such a possibility," he said.
If a person violates the regime of stay in Ukraine, he or she will be no more allowed into the country, he said.
Meanwhile, Kiev is not considering plans of introducing visas for Russians, Perebeynos added. But "never say never" he said, adding "yet there are no conditions that demand the introduction of the visa regime."