Ukrainian officials, lawmakers banned from travelling abroad
Following a series of corruption allegations, Kiev bans senior public servants and lawmakers from leaving the country.
The Ukrainian government banned senior public servants and lawmakers, including women, from traveling abroad during the war.
Andriy Demchenko, the spokesperson for Ukraine's border guard service, told AFP on Monday that the measure -- adopted last week -- had entered force.
"They can now only leave as part of a work mission," Demchenko said.
After the start of the Ukraine war, Ukrainian men of fighting age were ordered to remain in the country barring a few exceptions.
The spokesperson explained that under the new measure, senior officials will only be able to travel abroad if they are visiting their children, in the event of medical treatment, or following the death of a loved one. The ban also extends to women civil servants, as well as local deputies.
Ukrainian lawmaker Iryna Gerashchenko denounced what she called a "populist decision", pointing out that around 15,000 local deputies were women and some worked as volunteers.
"At first, the authorities called on everyone who could to leave for the winter with their children, now they are not allowed to leave," Gerashchenko said on Facebook.
"The authorities continue to take thoughtless steps that have nothing to do with the fight against abuses," she considered.
The measure was adopted after several officials were accused of vacationing abroad, including Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor Oleksiy Symonenko who had gone on holiday to Marbella, a popular Spanish resort.
Symonenko was among officials who resigned last week in Ukraine's biggest political shakeup following a series of corruption allegations.
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