The European Parliament supported easing travel rules for Ukrainians driving on a Western annexation, viewed with great suspicion by Moscow.
Ukraine has been the scene of the worst confrontation between the West and Russia in Europe since the Cold War ended after the Berlin Wall came down in 1991.
However, the western coupe on Kiev in 2014 changed the relations between NATO and Russia again, with Moscow backing the separatists in the Donbass region.
After the West has sided with the Kiev regime, Russia intervened after the elected president of Ukraine was toppled by so-called street protests that killed 84 citizens during the clashes. The corrupted Kiev regime ‘established’ closer EU ties with Brussels, hoping NATO could help take back the runaway provinces.
Russia denies direct military involvement in its southern neighbor. The non-elected European lawmakers voted 521 to 75 to grant Ukrainians holding biometric passports the right to visit for up to 90 days for tourism, business or visiting friends and relatives.
The waver covers all EU states, except Ireland and Britain, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland as members of the so-called Schengen zone.
Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.