Ukraine bans males aged 18 to 60 from leaving as defence ministry asks citizens to make Molotov cocktails to attack Russian troops.
According to Ukraine’s state border guard service (DPSA), all Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are now barred from leaving the country.
The prohibition will be in effect for the duration of martial law, which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared on Thursday morning following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports that due to the imposition of martial law in Ukraine, a certain category of citizens is temporarily restricted from leaving Ukraine,” the country’s interior ministry announced on Telegram on Thursday, just before midnight.
“In particular, male citizens of Ukraine aged 18 to 60 are prohibited from leaving Ukraine. Such a rule will apply for the period of martial law. We ask citizens to take this information into account.”
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defense ministry has urged civilians to remain cautious and prepare Molotov cocktails to take on Russian forces.
Ukraine’s defense ministry issued a message on Twitter asking citizens in Obolon, a northern area of the capital Kyiv, to remain vigilant, stay indoors, and report any movement of Russian troops or military equipment to the government.
“Make Molotov cocktails, neutralize the occupier! Peaceful residents – be careful! Do not leave the house!” the defence ministry said in a tweet in the Ukrainian language.
The statement comes as Kyiv authorities told the residents of Obolon that “active hostilities” were approaching, reported Reuters.
Russian tanks entered Kyiv, the seat of power, on Friday morning as the city was rocked by explosions and gunfire.
Russian troops are attacking Ukraine from land, air, and sea.
In an address to the nation, president Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the Russian assault resumed at 4am local time and said his country had been “left alone” to defend itself.
“They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” said the president. “It’s foul and will never be forgiven.”
“Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of Nato membership? Everyone is afraid.”
“The fate of the country depends fully on our army, security forces, all of our defenders,” he had said, adding that Russian forces had already entered Kyiv.