Only Ukrainian journalists are allowed to visit Crimea / Photo from dpsu.gov.ua

The Ukrainian authorities have decided to officially include foreign journalists in a ban on access to Russian-occupied Crimea.

There was "heated debate" on this issue, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's Ukrainian service.

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Ukrainian journalists still may enter Crimea via the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and the Russian-occupied peninsula.

As was earlier reported, foreign citizens were not allowed to enter temporarily occupied areas in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

The bans on access to the Russian-occupied regions were introduced in connection with martial law, which is in effect in 10 Ukrainian regions bordering Russia and along the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov until December 26.