Zelenskyy to consider petition to ban Russians from entering Ukraine for 50 years

8 August, 03:08 PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:president.gov.ua)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:president.gov.ua)

A petition published on the president’s official website on May 23 with a proposal to consider banning Russian citizens from entering Ukraine for 50 years has gained the required 25,000 signatures.

According to the petition, only Russians who fought on the side of Ukraine will be an exception.

“Unfortunately, over these eight years, the authorities have failed to protect Ukraine from saboteurs, agents and observers who have been arriving in Ukraine all this time due to the visa-free regime with Russia,” reads the petition.

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“We have paid for it with thousands of lives. For the safety of every Ukrainian now and in the future, we propose to completely close entry into Ukraine to all Russians for the next 50 years and not to issue permits to Russians, except for those who fought on the side of Ukraine in the Russian-Ukrainian war."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Aug. 2 responded to a petition regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages.

Zelenskyy wrote in his answer that, according to the Constitution of Ukraine, marriage is “based on the free consent of a woman and a man,” however the basic law cannot be amended amid martial law.

According to the Ukrainian president, the Cabinet of Ministers has worked out options for legalizing registered civil partnerships in Ukraine. He stressed that he had asked Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to consider the issue raised in the petition.

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