Tensions between Russia and Ukraine rose on November 25 after three Ukrainian naval vessels illegally entered Russian wasters east of the Crimea peninsula. Russia said it had detained two gunboats and a tugboat after they ignored warnings to stop. In response, Ukraine declared martial law in parts of its territory.
Ukraine has imposed martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine following an incident when three Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia in the Black Sea after breaching the Russian maritime border.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The law on the imposition of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine was published on 28 November in the governmental newspaper Uryadovy Kuryer, thus officially entering into force.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The standoff between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov provoked by the detention of three Ukrainian vessels for entering illegally the Russian territorial waters looks like a well-planned scenario, which might have been "encouraged" by the United States, experts told Sputnik.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he had discussed the possibility of Ankara becoming an intermediary in the settlement of the crisis that followed the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Western partners could have had prior knowledge of Ukraine’s Kerch Strait provocation or even took part in its preparation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Situations like the incident with the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait could be solved with the help of independent European mediation, but the policies of EU member states lack common interests to act as one, Mario Borghezio, a member of the EP's Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, told Sputnik.
Russia and Ukraine are in the middle of a diplomatic impasse after three Ukrainian warships illegally sailed into Russia’s territorial waters and ignored legal demands to leave the area, which Moscow denounced as a provocation and violation of international law.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Berlin took note of the criticism from Kiev in regard to Germany's 'insufficiently active' position on the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, but the situation does not change anything regarding the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, said briefing, Cabinet spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The incident in the Kerch Strait appears to have been a provocation prepared in advance, a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to impose martial law in a number of Ukrainian regions, presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said Wednesday.
A diplomatic clash between Kiev and Moscow erupted recently after three Ukrainian warships illegally crossed the maritime border with Russia. Moscow has described the Ukrainian vessels' actions as a provocation committed in violation of international law.
Austria has mulled over the possibility of new sanctions against Russia due to the detention of three Ukrainian Navy vessels that sailed toward the Kerch Strait in what Moscow has described as an unequivocal provocation committed in violation of international law.
The situation between the two countries has significantly worsened since the incident with Ukrainian ships illegally crossing the Russian maritime border followed by the arrest of the ships and the crews that was called a provocation committed in violation of international law by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Foreign reconnaissance aircraft and UAV activity has increased recently near Russia's borders, especially in the region of the Crimea, and Krasnodar Territory.
In the aftermath of the Kerch Strait incident Sunday, NATO has pledged unconditional support for Ukraine. Meanwhile Russian military intelligence released footage in which a detained Ukrainian naval officer admits to provocative actions in the waterway. A political analyst told Sputnik Tuesday Russia showed restraint in the row.
US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he may cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 over the Kerch Strait incident.
KIEV (Sputnik) - Head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak confirmed on Tuesday that intelligence officers had been on board the Ukrainian naval vessels that were detained in the Kerch Strait after crossing Russia's maritime border.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Federal Security circulated video footage on Monday where a detained Ukrainian naval officer admits that he recognized the provocative nature of the actions of the Ukrainian navy during the incident in the Kerch Strait.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council’s reaction to the Sunday incident in the Kerch Strait may encourage Ukraine to stage further provocations in the Black Sea and in the Sea of Azov, Russia's First Deputy Envoy to UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told the RT broadcaster.
On Sunday, three Ukrainian ships crossed into Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait and were detained by Russia. This began a dramatic political escalation between the two countries, including Ukraine declaring martial law. A political expert told Sputnik Monday it was a carefully crafted provocation to advance a political agenda in Kiev.