Amid claims from Russia that Ukraine has denied exit from or entry in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria for Russian citizens, the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) has issued a statement with regard to this issue.
“In relation to the current situation, the Ukrainian border authorities have intensified security measures, which led to refusal of entry for an increased number of foreigners who did not meet entry requirements; Russian citizens were among them,” reads the EUBAM statement released on Friday.
EUBAM has been monitoring the activity at the Moldova-Ukraine border, including the Transnistrian segment.
The statement added: “Based upon their regular observations, the Mission experts have not witnessed any relevant disruption of movement of people and cargo across the Transnistrian segment.”
Ukrainian Embassy to Moldova reported two days ago that despite more rigorous checks at all border-crossing points between Moldova and Ukraine, including the Transnistrian segment they are all open and function accordingly.
“No crowds of people or vehicles have been reported and the number of denied accesses of foreign citizens on the Ukrainian territory did not increase compared to the previous period,” the embassy said in a statement. “Furthermore, the accusations saying that all men with Russian citizenship have been barred from traveling from Transnistria to Ukraine are false.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin recently said that the border segment of Transnistria with Ukraine is currently closed for all men aged 18-65, holding Russian citizenship.