Ukrainian leader calls on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to send warships after clash with Russian Federation

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters - a charge Ukraine strongly refutes.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump canceled his planned meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin because of this crisis.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has imposed new restrictions on Russian immigration into his country and instituted martial law, warning that recent acts of Russian aggression may indicate an imminent threat of "full-scale war".

The Sea of Azov is widely viewed as the next front in the conflict between the two countries that started with Russian forces seizing Crimea in 2014 and then helping to destabilizs Ukraine by backing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region. Fighting in the region has killed more than 10,000 people and exchanges of... They threw flares at the Russian embassy in the Ukrainian capital and burned tires in front of the consulate general in Lvov.

Ukrainian State Border Service Head Pyotr Tsigikal said earlier that security measures would be tightened at crossing points.

While NATO condemned the Russian action, the allies will be unlikely to heed Mr Poroshenko's request, which could trigger a confrontation with Russia. Ukraine insisted its vessels were operating in line with worldwide maritime rules in the strait, which separates Russia's mainland and the Crimean Peninsula that it annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries but is moving close to forming an independent church, a momentous step that would split the world's largest Eastern Orthodox denomination.

With the return of Crimea, Russia now occupied both sides of Kerch Strait.




The only exceptions, according to Tsyhyakal, would be "humanitarian cases".

The Ukrainian government has said Russian Federation is blocking shipping activity to and from Ukrainian ports near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

Mr Trump said it would not be appropriate as Moscow had still not released the 24 crew members of the seized vessels.

Russia, meanwhile, insisted the Ukrainian vessels were in its territorial waters and refused to communicate with the Russian coast guard, or accept a Russian pilot to guide them through the narrow strait. Russian Federation also controls access to Azov at the Kerch Strait, which means sending warships in a show of force could risk a unsafe escalation.

Putin has claimed that the naval confrontation was a ploy to boost his Ukrainian counterpart's popularity ahead of an election in March.

Kogershyn Sagiyeva, a member of the Moscow oversight council, told the television station Dozhd that 21 Ukrainian seamen are already at the Moscow Lefortovo jail while three others are in a hospital in another jail.

J├╝rgen Trittin, Germany's former environment minister and the current vice chairman of the German-Russian Friendship Group in the Bundestag, told DW that he thinks the decision by Ukraine "is not wise".

The state security service was investigating him under an article in the criminal code covering "violations of citizens' equality depending on racial ethnicity, religious convictions, incitement of inter-confessional hostility", SBU official Ihor Huskov said.

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