Zakharova is outraged by the fact that a person can be held criminally liable if the purpose of one’s visit to Ukraine is to harm the country or if a person uses fake ID while crossing the border, which gives the Ukrainian authorities "broad, or rather, limitless possibilities for free interpretation of the adopted document."
According to Zakharova, this article allows bringing charges "virtually against any citizen."
She also stated that "the law is focused on the nationals of the Russian Federation, which the incumbent Ukrainian regime calls the aggressor country following the logic it alone understands."
According to Zakharova, previous "restrictions" were imposed on individuals, eventually the entry bans started to be introduced against Russian culture figures, and now the Ukrainian authorities began to engage in wider efforts by imposing restrictions that can be easily applied to a much wider range of people, in particular, Russians, who are going to visit Ukraine."
"We see it as another attempt by Kyiv to continue escalating the anti-Russian hysteria in the country on the backdrop of upcoming presidential election under false pretext of protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Zakharova said.
On Oct. 18, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the aforementioned bill by 243 votes. The law comes into force from the day following the day of its publication. Investigation of such criminal cases was entrusted to the Security Service of Ukraine.
On Nov. 7, the bill law was signed into law by President Petro Poroshenko.