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The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has reported that a total of 157 Russian citizens were banned from crossing into Ukraine in 2018.

"In 2018, a total of 157 citizens of the Russian Federation were denied entry to Ukraine, including 83 Russian propagandists," reads a statement posted on the SBU website.

It is noted that "SBU counterintelligence exposed 71 people involved in subversive activities of foreign intelligence services." In this regard, SBU investigators opened 114 criminal proceedings under Article 111 (high treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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In addition, SBU military counterintelligence identified 152 members of terrorist organizations of the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" ("DPR"/"LPR"), 54 of whom were detained. Based on the investigation material, 850 criminal proceedings were initiated, while 144 convictions entered into force.

Moreover, the SBU in 2018 prevented eight terrorist acts on the territory of Ukraine, while plotters of five of them were disclosed.

Last year, some 360 cyber incidents were identified and blocked, 49 social network administrators were brought to justice for anti-Ukrainian propaganda, 29 people were suspected, and 20 court sentences entered into force, the report said.