Trump admin issues surprising statement over Russian aggression against Ukraine

27 November, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • UN Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Tensions Between Russia and Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered 30 days of martial law in response to the incident.

"We consider it as an act of aggression against our state and a very serious threat", Mr Poroshenko said.

"Russian authorities must return Ukrainian sailors, vessels & refrain from further provocations", he said in a tweet Monday, adding he had spoken with Poroshenko.

The United Nations Security Council and North Atlantic Treaty Organization have urged restraint from both sides.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that "the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russian Federation".

The US, Haley said, "would welcome a normal relationship with Russian Federation".

Russia's Federal Security Servic (FSB), told Russian news agencies Sunday after the first incident that the Ukrainian ships had violated Russian territorial waters.

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According to the Ukrainian government, Russian forces opened fire on the Ukrainian Navy vessels.

The FSB said three Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the incident and were getting medical care. Russian media say three were injured.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Monday that the captured seamen should be treated as prisoners of war. "Since 2014, all allies have condemned Russia's aggressive actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine", Stoltenberg said during press-conference.

Russia's border guard service accused Ukraine of not informing it in advance of the journey, something Kiev denied, and said the Ukrainian ships had been maneuvering dangerously and ignoring its instructions with the aim of stirring up tensions.

Poroshenko also said Ukraine would stick to the Minsk Agreements, peace deals his government inked with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine that were created to stop a war that claimed more than 10,000 lives since 2014. All traffic in the area is controlled by the Crimean sea port of Kerch, and every ship should contact the facility, report her route and destination, and receive permission to sail through the Strait.

"The incident in Kerch Strait is a serious breach of worldwide law".

He said: "I fulfilled my constitutional duty and a few hours ago, by my decree, I imposed martial law throughout Ukraine from 9 am on November 28".

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While a 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters, Russian Federation has sought to assert greater control over the passage since the annexation.

The United States, a key ally of Ukraine, is opposed to Russia's takeover of Crimea and is looking to reduce Ukraine's dependency on Russian gas pipelines.

Two Su-25s Frogfoot ground attack aircraft, armed with an anti-ship payload (either Kh-31 or Kh-35 anti-ship missiles), were scrambled by the Russian military to support the navy operations.

Had anybody ever heard of the Sea of Azov? Moscow said the ships had illegally entered its waters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Ukraine on Monday of violating global law by failing to get permission before its ships headed into the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

The conflict began after pro-West protesters overthrew pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, after months of violent protests in the capital, Kiev.

It is likely an attempt to put a stranglehold around the important steel exporting city of Mariupol, which despite the war in eastern Ukraine and its proximity to Crimea, has continued to thrive and contribute to the country's economy, Arel said.

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