Ukraine reported the first ten applications from Russians for a visa

Since the beginning of July, when Ukraine abolished the visa-free regime with Russia, the Russians have submitted ten applications. Four of them are for long-term visas for family reunification, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

The first ten applications for a Ukrainian visa were received from Russians, Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told UNN.

“Six” for short-term visas and four— for long-term, with the aim of reuniting with the family,»,— he said.

These applications were filed over the past five days: on July 7, the country's Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the Russians were interested in obtaining a visa, but no one submitted applications, which, according to him, was “indicative moment”.

On July 1, Ukraine abolished the visa-free regime with Russia, which had been in effect since 1997. Such a proposal was made by President Volodymyr Zelensky, explaining the need for the measure by “unprecedented threats to national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Ukraine.

Now Russians will not be able to enter the territory of Ukraine, stay in the country and leave its borders, as well as transit through it if they do not have a visa. You can apply for it at VFS Global visa centers in eight cities of Russia— Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don or Samara, as well as in third countries.

At the same time, the presence of a visa does not guarantee that a Russian will be allowed to cross the border: the final decision on entry foreigners will be received by border guards, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed. “We must clearly understand who, from where and for what purpose comes to us. The visa regime will help identify individuals who threaten national security far from Ukraine,— Yevgeny Enin, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, told UNN.

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