Ukrainians can now travel visa-free to EU

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Ukrainians can now travel visa-free to EU
A Ukrainian woman smiles at Kiev's airport Boryspil on June 11, 2017 after she and her husband checked in for a flight to Amsterdam on the first day of visa-free travel to the European Union.

Kiev - Only those with biometric passports - containing a microchip - can take advantage of the visa-free travel for the time being.

By AFP

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Published: Sun 11 Jun 2017, 10:35 PM

Last updated: Mon 12 Jun 2017, 4:00 AM

Ukrainians were on Sunday celebrating the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with hundreds crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "breakaway" from Moscow.
The move is symbolic for Kiev, where a pro-EU revolt in 2014 toppled the previous Russia-backed government and was followed by Moscow's annexation of the Crimea peninsula sparking a protracted ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
"The visa-free regime for Ukraine has started! Glory to Europe! Glory to Ukraine!" Poroshenko tweeted early Sunday after hundreds of Ukrainians crossed the EU border. Only those with biometric passports - containing a microchip - can take advantage of the visa-free travel for the time being.



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