Russia intends to ban residents of the separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces from entering the country during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A statement to this effect was made by Oleh Slobodyan, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS), on his Facebook page.
“As the SBGS has learned, as part of preparation for the FIFA-2018 football World Cup, security measures in Russia are being tightened. And so, in the period between June 1 and July 17, 2018, restrictions are being introduced on cargo transportation and the entry of passenger buses into Moscow, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Volgograd, Kaliningrad and Saransk. The tightening of security measures will also affect residents of the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces,” Slobodyan wrote.
During the mentioned period, Russia will ban the entry of goods vehicles and buses from the LPR and DPR. “For this purpose, divisions of Russia’s FSB Border Service will exercise tightened control along the entire stretch of the temporarily uncontrolled Russian-Ukrainian state border,” he observed.
“This situation is not the first case of the Russian occupants banning ORDLO terrorists from visiting Russian territory. The Russian government and law enforcement authorities know exactly how many mercenaries, weapons and explosives they have brought into the occupied Donbas, and they are afraid that some Russian World proponent will ruin their holiday during the World Cup period,” the SBGS spokesperson wrote.
The sale of alcohol will be prohibited in Moscow during the World Cup, which will begin on June 14.