Kyiv, Ukraine – Foreign Minister of the world's seven largest economies, known as Group of Seven or G7, have condemned Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait as they expressed their "unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine" reaffirmed.
A statement by G7 members – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the High Representative of the European Union – said Friday that there was "no justification" for Russia's military deployment Ukrainian ships and ship personnel.
"We demand restraint, respect for international law and the prevention of further escalation, and we urge Russia to release the detained crew and vessels and not to interfere with the legal passage through the Strait of Kerch," the statement said.
"We, the G7, reaffirm that we will not recognize Russia's illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula and will never recognize it, and we reaffirm our unwavering attitude to Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Olexiy Makeyev , Political Director of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, said Al Jazeera, Ukraine defended itself "before the Russian aggression".
"We count on the support of our American partner and we also enjoy full support from the European Union," he said.
Ukraine seeks global support
The G7 statement came a day after US President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The expected talks at the G20 could not take place while Ukrainian sailors were still in captivity.
On Sunday, Russia blocked three Ukrainian military ships that left the waters of both countries on their way from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov ̵
The confrontation escalated when Russia confiscated the three ships and captured 24 Ukrainian crew members, who were later placed in a 60-day pre-trial detention order to Moscow. Ukraine said the prisoners are Russia's "prisoners of war".
Russia insists that Ukrainian sailors marched illegally into Russian waters, while Putin said the border guards "fulfilled their military duty" when ships' threats were seized After a "total war" in Kiev in 10 introduced a martial law to its 27 regions for 30 days "to prevent a complete Russian invasion".
On Friday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the British Sky News broadcaster that this was Trump's decision to break off talks with Putin was proof of the "isolation" of the Russian leader.
"After a chemical attack in the UK, after a terrorist attack on MH17, after the Russian aggression in the east of my country, to Syria, after All these catastrophic actions, Putin is isolated, he said.
Entry ban for Russian men  Also on Friday, Ukraine forbade Russian men to enter the country between the ages of 16 and 60 between 1945 and 1945.  Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Service, said it was not for a general ban.
"Russian citizens will conduct an additional interview at the border, and their previous visits to Ukraine will be scrutinized," he said Exceptions are made.
"Exceptions may apply to persons with diplomatic status, transport personnel, persons with temporary or permanent Residence permit in Ukraine and for people coming to France, applied humanitarian purposes, "he said.
Poroshenko said the move will prevent "the Russian Federation from forming in Ukraine divisions of private armies", similar to the operations they wanted to carry out in 2014. "
Ukraine believes that Russian citizens and soldiers fight alongside the Moscow-backed rebels who conquered parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine in 2014 and declared them independent of Kiev.
Ukraine has begun as well The military exercises in the Sea of Azov and its soldiers played a role in defending against an attempted one Russian landing on the coast.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Friday that Moscow will not impose a similar travel ban on Ukrainians as "irrational."
She accuses Poroshenko of using martial law as a method "for his decreasing electoral eligibility "to score points during the" last russophobic wave " ammeln.
The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has killed more than 10,000 people, including civilians.
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