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Dramatic announcement could boost Petro Poroshenko’s standing days before the presidential runoff.
Russia is consolidating its position as the major commercial and military power in the far north.
Decision could undermine Washington’s rationale for slapping tariffs on close allies.
Verdict comes days after the latest sentence in a major Russian case linked to 2016 hack of U.S. Democratic Party.
Ban in Sakha Republic is unrelated to recent unrest over a rape blamed on Central Asian migrants, officials say.
Authorities faced stiff local opposition to plan to bottle lake water for the Chinese market.