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    The FSB reported that the three ships from the Ukrainian Navy, Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu, had been detained after violating the Russian state border.

    Three ships from the Ukrainian Navy, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, crossed the Russian maritime border on 25 November, entered the temporarily closed area of the country's territorial waters, and were moving from the Black Sea toward the Kerch Strait, according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

    The incident has been captured on video.

    The Ukrainian ships did not react to legal demands of the ships accompanying them and made dangerous manoeuvres, the FSB noted. Another group of ships was heading for the Kerch Strait from the port of Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov.

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    • 01:38

      Tough Security Measures Were Taken by Russia in Kerch Strait After Voiced Ukrainian Threats, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Says

      Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that tough security  measures had been taken by Russia in Kerch Strait after voiced Ukrainian threats to target Crimean bridge.

      Zakharova also said that Moscow regrets that UN Security Council voted against Russian agenda for meeting on Kerch Strait incident.

      “Unfortunately, to our great regret, members of the [UN] Security Council … have not found courage to satisfy the Russian request to hold the Security Council meeting on the agenda, in other words, to consider what happened yesterday in the Russian territorial waters,” Zakharova told the Rossiya-1 broadcaster.

    • 00:48

      Putin, Merkel Discuss Kerch Strait Incident During Phone Conversation

      Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held phone talks at German initiative and discussed the Kerch Strait incident, Kremlin reported.

      Kremlin also reported that a serious concern over Kiev's decision to introduce martial law and to put troops on combat alert were expressed during this phone conversation.

    • 23:40

      Trump Says Hopes Kerch Strait Incident ‘Will Get Straightened Out’

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he is unhappy with the Ukraine-Russia naval incident in the Kerch Strait, and is hopeful that the situation will be settled.

      "We do not like what’s happening either way, and hopefully it will get straightened out," Trump said. "They are not thrilled, they are working on it. We are all working on it together."

      On Sunday, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it intercepted three Ukrainian naval ships that illegally entered Russian territorial waters in violation of international law while moving from the Black Sea into the Azov Sea.

    • 22:42

      Ukrainian Lawmakers Vote to Approve Martial Law

      Ukrainian Parliament has backed country's president Poroshenko's decree on martial law only in selected regions of country for 30 days after the Kerch Strait incident.

      The parliament has also set presidential election in Ukraine for 31rd March, 2019.

    • 22:02

      Ukrainian Ships Submitted No Request for Passage Through Kerch Strait in Advance – FSB

      "When a group of vessels of the Ukrainian Navy was approaching Russia's state border, [a patrol boat] informed them about the procedure for crossing Russia's state border and the rules of navigation on the Kerch-Yenikale canal, which stipulated filing an application to Kerch's maritime administration 48 hours and 24 hours in advance, and sending a confirmation 4 hours in advance, which was not done by the ships of the Ukrainian Navy," the statement reads.

      "The commanders of the Ukrainian Navy responded that their group did not plan to cross the state border of the Russian Federation and did not plan to pass through the Kerch Strait," the FSB added.

       

    • 21:33

      US Senator Urges Trump to Boost Ukraine Security Aid Before Meeting Putin

      "The Trump Administration must immediately increase security assistance to Ukraine, including the provision of lethal maritime equipment and weapons," Menendez said. "I urge President Trump to commit to these measures prior to his reportedly scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin later this week at the G20."

      Menendez also said the United States should help Ukraine improve its maritime domain awareness and urge NATO to increase exercises and its presence in the Black Sea.

      The US Congress should also pass the "Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act" in the coming weeks to show Moscow that its military "aggression" and "political interference" abroad do not go unchecked, Menendez added.

    • 21:20

      Ukrainian Ships Entered Russia's Territorial Waters on Direct Orders From Kiev - FSB

      Provocations carried out by the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait area were coordinated by two officers from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) who were aboard the ships involved in the incident, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday.

      "The coordination of the provocation was carried out by two SBU officers, who were on board of Ukrainian ships" the FSB said a statement.

      According to the statement, the Ukrainian warships entered the territorial waters of Russia on direct orders by the Kiev authorities.

    • 21:06

      Russia's FSB Publishes Timeline of Events Surrounding Ukrainian Provocation in Kerch Strait

    • 20:51

      Martial Law Introduction in Ukraine Threatens Security in Donbass - Russia's OSCE Envoy

      "The imposition of martial law, in case of coming into force, creates a threat to security in Donbass. Kiev's course for escalating tensions is reaffirmed by the recent developments," Lukashevich said at the OSCE.

    • 20:42

      Kerch Strait Incident Aims at Escalating Tensions Between Russia, Ukraine, Finding New Ways to Impose anti-Russia Sanctions - Russian Envoy to OSCE

      "The fact that this was a provocation is also evidenced by the records on the Internet of the negotiations of sailors ... All of this is aimed at artificially exacerbating the Russian-Ukrainian disagreements, creating new pretexts for unwinding the thesis on the need for new sanctions against Russia, " Lukashevich said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.

    • 20:38

      NATO Urges Russia to Release All Sailors, Ships Detained in Kerch Strait Incident

      NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia on Monday to release immediately all Ukrainian navy ships and sailors detained on Sunday in an attempt to enter the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

      "There is no justification for the use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. So we call on Russia to release immediately the Ukrainian sailors and ships it ceased yesterday. And we call for calm and restraint," Stoltenberg said at a press point following a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

    • 19:39

      US Supports Ukraine Amid Kerch Strait Incident - Ambassador Haley

      The United States voiced its support for Ukraine after the incident involving Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Kerch strait over the weekend, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday.

      "I make the statement on behalf of the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. We stand united in opposing Russia's attack," Haley said. "We strongly support Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders extending to its territorial waters. We express our deep concern over the incident which represents a dangerous escalation and violation of international law."

       

    • 19:34

      Ukraine Urges Security Council to Tighten Sanctions Against Russia - Envoy to UN

      The United Nations Security Council should tighten sanctions against Russia in the wake of the incident involving Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Kerch Strait over the weekend, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said on Monday.

      When asked what the next steps should come next following the incident, Yelchenko told reporters, "Tightening of the sanctions. This is the only way. Russia doesn't understand any other language, unfortunately."

       

    • 19:29

      Ukraine Preplanned Provocation in Kerch Strait, It Was Approved by West - Russian Deputy Envoy to UN

      "This provocation was preplanned, that is obvious. It was okayed by the Western states," he said at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

      The Russian diplomat said the current crisis was part of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's effort to cancel the upcoming presidential election in the country next year.

      "This is all about canceling election," he said.

      Polyanskiy also accused the United Sates of financing Ukraine's provocative actions with the ultimate goal of stoking divisions.

      "The US used all means possible and put millions of dollars into Ukraine to push forward a political process to create division in Ukraine and pit two brotherly nations against each other," he said.

    • 19:26

      UN Security Council Votes Against Russian Agenda For Monday Meeting on Kerch Strait Incident

      "The result of the voting is as follows, four votes in favor, seven votes against, four abstentions," the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations said. "The provisional agenda has not been adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes."

    • 19:16
      The United Nations Security Council holds a meeting.

      UN Security Council Discusses Kerch Incident (VIDEO)

      Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Kerch Strait incident would be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting later in the day at Russia’s request.
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    • 18:38

      Ukrainian President Poroshenko Says Proposed Parl't to Impose Martial Law For 30 Days Instead of 60 Not to Disrupt Elections

    • 18:13

      Moscow Hands Kiev Protest Note Over Kerch Strait Incident

      The Russian Foreign Ministry said it handed on Monday a protest note to Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires Ruslan Nimchinsky over the Sunday incident in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

      "On November 26, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Ukrainian Charge d'Affaires ad interim in Moscow, Ruslan Nimchinsky, to voice a strong protest in connection with the gross violation by the ships of the Ukrainian navy of the rules of peaceful passage in the territorial waters of ​​the Russian Federation in the Black Sea on November 25, 2018," the ministry said in a statement.

       

    • 18:10

      Moscow Expresses Indignation to Ukraine Over Nationalists' Attacks on Diplomatic Missions

      Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed indignation to Ukraine's charge d'affaires in Moscow Ruslan Nimchinskiy over attacks by radicals on Russian diplomatic missions.

      "Indignation was also expressed over unacceptable attacks by Ukrainian radicals on Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine," it said.

       

    • 18:08

      Responsibility Over Escalation in Azov and Black Seas Lies Solely on Kiev - Russian Foreign Ministry

      The responsibility for the escalation of the conflict situation in the Azov Sea-Black Sea region fully lies with Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

      "The ministry stressed that the whole responsibility for the possible negative development of the conflict situation in the Azov Sea-Black Sea region lies entirely on the Ukrainian side," the ministry said in a statement.

    • 17:26

      Total of 24 Ukrainian Sailors Detained After Incident in Kerch Strait - Source

      "A total of 24 people were on board the detained vessels," the source said.

      Another source confirmed this information, adding that three of them were transferred to a hospital and received all the necessary medical assistance.

    • 17:19

      How Will Martial Law Affect Ukrainian Citizens' Rights, Government Powers?

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko examines a British-made Saxon armored personnel carrier with a Ukrainian weapon system while visiting a military base outside Kiev on April 4, 2015

      How Will Martial Law Affect Ukrainian Citizens' Rights, Government Powers?

      Following the seizure of three Ukrainian Navy vessels by Russian border guards after they violated the country's maritime border near Kerch Strait, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree, enabling martial law to 'protect the state' until the end of December 2018. Sputnik explains how martial law will change life in Ukraine.
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    • 17:08

      Germany Ready to Mediate Conflict Between Russia and Ukraine Over Kerch Incident

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has stated that Berlin could become a mediator between Russia and Ukraine at Normandy format meetings to help reach a solution in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russian border guards had to detain Ukrainian naval vessels for violating the Russian state border on 25 November.

      "We will make it clear to both sides that we urge them to show restraint and, if necessary, we will mediate so that this conflict does not turn into a serious crisis," Maas told reporters in Madrid.

    • 17:07

      Poroshenko, Duda Call on EU to Toughen Russia Sanctions After Kerch Incident - Kiev

      "President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with President of Poland Andrzej Duda ... The president of Poland expressed support for Ukraine and its actions. The interlocutors coordinated further steps concerning the Russian threat. Poroshenko and Duda also called on the EU to step up sanctions against Russia and bring this matter to the European Council," the press service said in a statement.

    • 16:41

      OSCE Permanent Council to Hold Special Meeting Monday on Kerch Strait Situation - Source

      The Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will hold a special meeting on 26 November on the situation in the Kerch Strait, a source in the Russian delegation told Sputnik.

      "A special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council will be held today at 4.00 p.m. Vienna time (3.00 p.m. GMT) to assess the situation in the Kerch Strait," the source said.

    • 16:38

      Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires Arrives at Russian Foreign Ministry Following Kerch Strait Incident

      Ukraine's charge d'affaires Ruslan Nimchinsky has arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry after being summoned in connection with Kiev's provocative actions in the Kerch Strait, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    • 16:01

      Martial Law in Ukraine Will be Effective From November 26 to January 25, 2019 - Decree

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed a decree to put into effect the decision of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council to impose martial law in the country in connection with the incident in the Black Sea, according to the president's website.

      "To enact the decision of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council dated November 26, 2018 'On emergency measures to ensure the state sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to impose martial law in Ukraine," the document says.

      Martial law will be effective from 15:00 Moscow time (12:00 GMT) on November 26, 2018 to 15:00 Moscow time (12:00 GMT) on January 25, 2019.

      Poroshenko also tasked the Ukrainian General Staff with taking measures to organize partial mobilization.

    • 15:51

      Berlin Calls on Moscow, Kiev to De-Escalate Tensions After Kerch Strait Incident

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday urged Moscow and Kiev to de-escalate tensions after the naval incident in the Kerch Strait.

      "The situation is concerning. The Russian blockade of the passage to the Azov Sea is unacceptable. It is important to lift this blockade. We call on both sides to de-escalate," Maas said on Twitter.

    • 15:43

      Moscow Fully Respects Budapest Memorandum Provisions on Security Assurances for Kiev

      Russia fully complies with its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances of 1994, which provided Ukraine with security guarantees after its accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

      "[The Budapest memorandum] indeed contains an obligation of all nuclear-weapons signatories to the memorandum not to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine; it also includes a commitment to respect all the principles of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) without exception. And we remain fully committed to these principles," Lavrov indicated.

      The Russian foreign minister, in particular, recalled that the Budapest Memorandum prohibited a change of power in the way it happened in Ukraine in 2014.

      "And the OSCE principles, which Ukraine adopted by signing the Budapest Memorandum, categorically prohibit changes of power in the way that it was in Kiev in February 2014," Lavrov indicated.

    • 15:33

      Ukraine to Seek Peaceful Settlement to Kerch Strait Incident - Foreign Minister

      Ukraine will look for ways to settle the Kerch Strait incident in a peaceful manner, while it retains its right to self-defence, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

      "In compliance with the UN Charter, Ukraine will seek to settle the row in a peaceful manner, as Article 33 of the UN Charter envisages. But we certainly reserve the option to exercise the right for self-defence, defined in Article 51 of the UN Charter," Klimkin said at a briefing.

      He specified that Kiev qualified Ukrainian sailors detained within the incident as ‘war prisoners'.

    • 15:25

      Russia to ‘Harshly’ Suppress Any Offence Against Sovereignty, Security - Foreign Ministry

      The detained Ukrainian ships are delivered to the port of Kerch

      Russian Foreign Ministry Declares Protest Over Kerch Strait Incident

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring a resolute protest over the recent violation of the rules of innocent passage in the Black Sea by Ukrainian Navy ships, the ministry said in a statement.
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    • 15:15

      Russian Foreign Ministry Declares Protest Over Kerch Strait Incident

      The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring a resolute protest over the recent violation of the rules of innocent passage in the Black Sea by Ukrainian Navy ships, the ministry said in a statement.

      "The Russian Foreign Ministry is declaring resolute protest over Ukrainian Naval Forces' ships' violation of rules of innocent passage in Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea. The Russian side has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the developing situation," the statement read.

    • 15:11

      No Putin-Poroshenko Talks After Kerch Strait Incident - Kremlin Spokesman

      The Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have not contacted each other since the incident in the Kerch Strait, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

      "If you mean conversations of the two presidents, no, there have been none," Peskov told reporters.

      "I do not know," he said when asked whether some bilateral contacts were planned on the issue.

    • 15:08

      WATCH Ukrainian Nationalists Throw Flares at Russian Consulate in Kharkov

      The building of the General Consulate of Russian in Kharkiv damaged by activists of the Hromadska Varta organization.

      WATCH Ukrainian Nationalists Throw Flares at Russian Consulate in Kharkov

      On 25 November, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that three Ukrainian vessels had been seized after they illegally crossed the maritime border with Russia and ignored demands to change their course.
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    • 15:03

      Russia Acted in Line With Domestic, Int'l Law, Border Guards' Actions Not Tough - Kremlin

      The Kremlin spokesman has commented on the Kerch Strait incident, saying that Russian border guards in the Kerch Strait acted in line with the plan to protect the Russian border, that can't be called an attack.

      "You know, the Russian side acted in strict accordance with the law, both international law and domestic law. It was an invasion of foreign warships into the territorial waters of the Russian Federation," Peskov said when asked if the actions of Russian border guards were tough.

      "And the fact is that these foreign warships entered the territorial waters of Russia, not responding to any requests of our border guards. They did not respond to the offer to use piloting services, etc. So all actions were taken in strict accordance with legislation,” he said.

      Peskov said the Russian border guards had been acting in line with the plan to protect the country's border, adding that this can't be called an attack.

      The Kremlin spokesman said violators of the state border were subject to legal prosecution in line with the law.

    • 14:55

      Vienna Calls on Moscow, Kiev to Exercise Restraint Amid Kerch Strait Incident

    • 14:53

      EU Council President Tusk Condemns 'Russian Use Of Force In Sea of Azov'

      EU Council President Donald Tusk has condemned 'Russian use of force in the Sea of Azov,' saying Russia must return Ukrainian sailors, vessels, and refrain from provocations.

    • 14:42

      No Emergency Meeting of Russian Security Council Over Kerch Strait Incident - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Moscow, there are no plans to convene an emergency meeting of the Russian Security Council in connection with the situation in the Kerch Strait, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted.

      Asked whether an emergency meeting of the Russian Security Council would be convened, Peskov said: "No, there are no [such] plans."

    • 14:21

      Ukraine's Martial Law Decision 'Smells of' Electoral Intrigues - Kremlin Spokesman

      The decision to impose martial law in Ukraine shortly before the elections is apparently an attempt to solve electoral tasks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed.

      "Certainly, considering, let's say, the pre-election situation in Ukraine, such a decision certainly 'smells of' electoral intrigues. Certainly, solving some electoral tasks while waving the flag of war, is wrong and dangerous, from our point of view," Peskov told reporters.

    • 14:19

      Lavrov Urges Kiev's Western Sponsors to Calm Those Trying to Gain From Military Hysteria

      Moscow is strongly urging Ukraine's ‘Western sponsors’ to calm those in Kiev who are trying to benefit politically from the military hysteria in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted.

      "We strongly call on Kiev's Western sponsors to calm down those who are now trying to earn political points from the military hysteria ahead of the upcoming elections and other events in Ukraine," Lavrov said at a press conference.

      Earlier the same day, the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) decided to impose martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days.

      The foreign minister added that the martial law would allow radicals and nationalists in the country to feel like they "have a free hand."

      Ukraine is set to hold the presidential election on March 31, 2019, while parliamentary elections are scheduled for October next year.

    • 13:48

      US Spy Plane Enters Black Sea Area Amid Ukraine-Russia Naval Tensions

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      US Spy Plane Enters Black Sea Area Amid Ukraine-Russia Naval Tensions – Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Crete-based US spy plane entered the Black Sea area on Monday morning after a standoff between Ukraine and Russia over a strait that separates it from the Sea of Azov, the Ukrainian military portal reported.
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    • 13:47

      Putin Aware Of Situation in Kerch Strait, Receiving All Required Information - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin is in contact with Russian security services concerning the situation in Kerch Strait, the Kremlin Spokesman said in a statement.

      "Of course. This is a serious provocation, therefore, the president certainly received yesterday and today all the information about what was happening," Peskov told reporters in response to a relevant question.

    • 13:41

      Moscow Calls on Kiev to Calm Nationalists Down, Prevent Them From Gaining 'Political Scores' - Lavrov

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday slammed the recent Ukrainian nationalist rally outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev as ‘disgusting’ and also condemned local police for abstaining from doing their jobs.

      "These are radical nationalists and neo-nationalists that currently run the show in Ukraine. The disgusting rally held near the Russian Embassy in Kiev yesterday, with the building having been bombarded with smoke grenades, proves this. I wouldn't say that the police were idle, but I wouldn't say that they were doing their utmost to stop this mayhem either," Lavrov said at a press conference.

      A rally was staged overnight outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev and an embassy car was set ablaze after Russia detained three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait east of the Crimea Peninsula.

    • 13:21

      WATCH Ukrainian Ships Seized by Russian Border Guard

      The detained Ukrainian ships are delivered to the port of Kerch

      WATCH Ukrainian Ships Seized by Russian Border Guard After Kerch Strait Incident

      On 25 November, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that three Ukrainian vessels - Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu - had been seized after illegally crossing the maritime border with Russia.
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    • 13:14

      Ukrainian Sailors Detained in Kerch Strait Being Questioned by Investigators - Russian Human Rights Commissioner

      Ukrainian sailors who sustained slight injuries as they were detained on Sunday when their ships were seized for violating the Russian state border are currently in a hospital in the Russian city of Kerch and are being questioned, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said on Monday.

      "Legal proceedings are being carried out against the detained persons. Investigators are interrogating them. The three injured [Ukrainian sailors] are in the First Kerch Hospital. Their state is not assessed as grave. They are receiving medical treatment, and doctors believe that their lives are not in danger. I'm in regular contact with [Ukrainian counterpart Lyudmyla] Denisova. I have told her this by phone," Moskalkova told Sputnik.

    • 12:56

      Situation in Kerch Strait is Unequivocal Provocation - Lavrov

      The situation in the Kerch Strait is an unequivocal provocation, Kiev has violated key provisions of international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement.

      The actions of the Ukrainian Navy in Kerch Strait were very dangerous, jeopardised sea traffic, and the security of people, according to the minister.

    • 12:49

      Kerch Strait Incident to Be Discussed at UN Security Council Meeting Upon Russian Initiative - Kremlin

      The incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russian border guards had to detain Ukrainian naval vessels for violating the Russian state border, is a very dangerous provocation that requires serious investigation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.

      "This is a very dangerous provocation, therefore, it certainly requires special attention and a special investigation," Peskov told reporters.

      He said the Kerch Strait incident would be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting later in the day at Russia’s request.

    • 11:57

      Ukrainian Army Put on Full Combat Alert

      The detained Ukrainian ships are delivered to the port of Kerch

      Ukrainian Army Put on Full Combat Alert Amid Kerch Strait Standoff

      Russia has warned Ukraine against attempts to revise the status of the Sea of Azov — in violation of international law — and urged Kiev to refrain from attempting to unilaterally establish new state borders.
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    • 11:55

      Ukrainian Charge D'affaires Ad Interim in Russia Will Be Summoned to Russian Ministry

      The Ukrainian Charge D'affaires Ad Interim in Russia will be summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry amid the Kerch Strait incident, the ministry said in a statement.

      "The Ukrainian charge d'affaires ad interim in Russia will be summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Once again, the reason for this summoning is the aggressive and provocative actions of the Ukrainian side. After all, this is not just a matter of non-compliance by Ukraine with legal norms, but [the matter] of a planned provocation and aggressive actions. As we understand, this provocation and the whole complex of provocative actions were prepared in advance," Zakharova said.

    • 11:52

      US 'Throwing In' Misleading Information on Dialogue With Russia Over INF Treaty - Moscow

      The United States is "throwing in" misleading information concerning the country’s dialogue with Russia on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty to justify its decision to withdraw from this treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday.

      "It is no less important for us to show to the global community what is, in fact, happening around the [INF] Treaty. We believe that it is crucially important, considering that the informational sphere is replete with malevolent interpretations, idle speculations, and obviously false information. Thus, within its propaganda campaign aimed at justifying the decision to denounce the INF Treaty, the US has started accusing Russia even more assertively of violating the treaty," Ryabkov said at a briefing.

    • 11:49

      Kiev Needs to Provide Security for Russian Diplomatic Mission - Moscow

      Moscow urges Kiev to ensure the security of Russia's diplomatic mission to avoid the 'gravest consequences', the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    • 11:42

      Su-25 Fly Over Crimea Bridge

      Several Ukrainian warships crossing Russia’s territorial waters and attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait

      WATCH Su-25 Flying Over Crimea Bridge After Ukrainian Provocation

      Russia has reopened the Kerch Strait near Crimea to shipping after three Ukrainian naval ships were seized nearby on 25 November for crossing the country's sea border and entering the temporarily closed area of Russian territorial waters.
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    • 11:42

      'Kiev and the West Using Sea of Azov for Provocative Actions' - Deputy FM

      According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, the Kerch Strait incident was a Ukrainian provocation, its time, location, form were premeditated. 

      "Obviously, it was a provocation, with its time, location and form premeditated. The aims [of the provocation] are clear: to shake Ukraine up via imposing martial law, and to mobilize the anti-Russian policies of the West, to step up the anti-Russian sanctions. Obviously, it is easier for [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko to carry out his election campaign amid this background," Karasin told Sputnik.

      Kiev and the West have chosen the Sea of Azov as a place where Ukrainian provocations could promptly result in triggering an international scandal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Sputnik on Monday.

      "Unfortunately, our worst fears have proved true: Kiev and the West have chosen the Sea of Azov as a region where Ukrainian provocative actions can promptly give results that are required in order to trigger an international scandal," Karasin stressed.

      He noted that Russia had requested an urgent meeting of UN Security Council members to discuss the situation in the Sea of Azov.

    • 11:39

      Passage Through Kerch Strait is Open

      The passage through the Kerch Strait, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, which was closed over security reasons on 25 November, resumed on 26 November, Alexei Volkov, the director general of the Crimean Sea Ports company, told Sputnik.

      "Passage through the Kerch Strait is open," Volkov said.

      Earlier on 26 November, a spokesman for the FSB Border Directorate for Crimea, Anton Lozovoy, said that the seized vessels were being escorted to the port of Kerch and that three sightly wounded Ukrainian soldiers had received medical assistance.

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