On Friday, the Ukrainian Cabinet approved a resolution banning Russians from entering Ukraine without a visa.

This move is considered symbolic given that the border between Russia and Ukraine has remained closed since Moscow invaded its neighbors on February 24 and Kyiv cut off diplomatic relations with Moscow. Probability is high.

Nonetheless, the visa requirements set to take effect on July 1 represent a significant change to the previously granted ease of travel.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media on Friday that the decision was motivated by Ukraine’s “unprecedented threat to national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Russians did not need a visa to enter. Many Russians have cross-border relatives, while others have traveled regularly to visit the beaches and historic cities of southern Ukraine.

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