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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has addressed the Ukrainians and confirmed the suspension of all air travel from March 17.

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"We are closing the border for foreigners. Passenger border crossing points will be closed. Starting from 00:01 on March 16, 2020, foreigners will not be able to enter the territory of Ukraine for two weeks either by plane, train, car or any other means. Foreigners who are entitled to permanent or temporary residence in Ukraine are exceptions, in particular representatives of official international organizations and diplomatic missions," he said in an address on measures to counter the spread of coronavirus in Ukraine published by the president's press service.

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"As for the Ukrainians who are now abroad. Those who departed from Ukraine by charter flights on a tourist trip will definitely return home according to the schedule. Concerning other citizens of Ukraine. Three days later, we will close regular air traffic. You should return home within this period. Those who do not have time to do so for objective reasons should contact the Ukrainian consulate. In cooperation with Ukrainian airlines, they will be returned home by non-scheduled flights," the president said.

Zelensky also recommended all citizens to refrain from traveling abroad unless absolutely necessary, especially for travel.