Ukraine Seeks NATO’s Help in Dispute with Russian Federation

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Russian coast guard ships on Sunday fired on and seized the Ukrainian vessels as they headed toward a contested strait close to Crimea, taking prisoner 24 Ukrainian sailors and triggering an worldwide crisis.

"Germany is one of our closest allies and we hope that states within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are now ready to relocate naval ships to the Sea of Azov in order to assist Ukraine and provide security", Poroshenko said. Moscow seized the ships and captured about 23 sailors, marking a major escalation between two countries that have been at odds since Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

In response to the Kerch Strait spat, Ukraine's government imposed 30 days of martial law, which started Wednesday, across 10 regions bordering Russian Federation to the east, and the Black and Azov seas to the south.

The Moscow Patriarchate strongly denies this and says it is working to promote peace in Ukraine.

Amid the tensions, the Russian military said it had deployed another batch of the long-range, S-400 air defense missile systems to Crimea.

Orthodox communities will now have to convene at a date announced by Bartholomew I to formally form a new church, Poroshenko said Thursday. Ukrainian authorities sought to portray the Russian Orthodox clerics in Ukraine as supporting separatists.

'We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia's aggressive behaviour, ' he told Funke. The strait had previously been designated as a shared region that both nations were free to access, but since Russian Federation annexed Crimea it had claimed sole control of the strait.

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Sea of Azov

The United States and other countries have also criticized the Russian actions in the Kerch Strait.

In a primer published on the G20 summit, former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson and vice president with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute said Trudeau must see if he and Freeland can find consensus among G7 fellow leaders on Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and on human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia.

Reacting to the Ukrainian ban, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow was not planning "mirror" measures as this "could result in full madness".

Putin reiterated the Kremlin's accusation that Poroshenko manufactured the entire incident in order to put Ukraine on a war footing and thereby enhance his flagging support before a March presidential election that he was sure to lose.

During Sunday's confrontation, Russian vessels rammed a Ukrainian tugboat and opened fire on two other ships before seizing the boats and taking their crew members into custody.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday's naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Lubina has not specified how many Ukrainians will be transferred to Moscow. Many Russians have relatives living in Ukraine. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Deputy Head of Security Service of Ukraine, Oleh Frolov demonstrates an image showing Ukrainian armoured artillery vessel Berdyansk damaged by Russian shelling during a news conference on the Black Sea incident, which took place off Russian-annexed Crimea on November 25, in Kiev, Ukraine November 29, 2018. While these ethnic Russians are still Ukrainian citizens and presumably would not be hit by the sanctions, this does reflect the close relationship that these border regions have with Russia. So far, the West has offered condemnations of Russia's attack on Ukrainian ships but made no move to sanction Russian Federation.

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