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OffbeatUkraine foreign minister demands sailors' release by Russia

16:55  06 december  2018
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko demands return of ships, sailors seized by Russia . The Ukrainian foreign ministry said the sea crossing was in accordance with multilateral and bilateral international treaties and navigational rules. Post to Facebook.

Poroshenko is demanding Russia immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships. Trading accusations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Ukraine of violating international norms with "dangerous methods that created threats and risks for the normal movement of ships in

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MOSCOW – Ukraine ’s president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in a standoff around Crimea “Unfortunately, there are no ‘red lines’ for the Russian Federation.” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told reporters later Monday that Kiev

Germany Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas on # Ukraine : The developments are worrying. Ukrainian President Poroshenko urges Russia to release Ukrainian sailors and bring back ships Canada condemns Russian aggression towards Ukraine in the Kerch Strait. Call on Russia to immediately

MINSK, Belarus — The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to withdraw from a wide-ranging treaty on friendship with Russia, the latest step in escalating tensions between the two neighbors.

The Supreme Rada overwhelmingly supported a motion by President Petro Poroshenko not to prolong the treaty when it comes up for renewal in April. The camouflage-clad president on Thursday visited an air base to announce an upcoming dispatch of troops to the Russian border.

The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that started with Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 spilled into the open on Nov. 25 when the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews. The seamen are still in Russian captivity.

Ukraine's foreign minister on Thursday reiterated his country's call for the release and safe return of the 24 Ukrainian sailors.

Pavlo Klimkin in a speech at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe warned that since the Crimean annexation Russia has not pulled back but, on the contrary, has extended operations into the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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EU plays it cautious over Ukraine-Russia tensions The European Union is aiming to de-escalate tensions between Kiev and Moscow this week after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crew, worrying about putting fuel on the fire, diplomats and analysts say. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The bloc is aware of the risk of playing hardball against Russia, which has been locked in a low-level militarised conflict with Ukraine for nearly five years.

Ukraine has demanded the immediate release of its sailors who were apprehended at sea on Sunday by Russian naval forces following a confrontation. Russian coastguard ships opened fire on Sunday as two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug sailed through the Kerch Strait off the coast of Crimea, which was

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin accused Russia on Tuesday of planning to “dismember” his country, beginning with the conquest of vital port cities along the Sea of Azov. Klimkin implied Russia ’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships this weekend was a sign the Russians are preparing to implement

With the Ukraine-Russia conflict at the top of the OSCE agenda, the EU's high representative Federica Mogherini on Thursday also called on Russia to release the Ukrainian ships and soldiers "without delay."

Poroshenko responded to the standoff by introducing martial law for 30 days, something Ukraine hadn't done even after Crimea's annexation and amid large-scale fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in 2014-2015.

As part of martial law, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia, called up reservists for training and barred entry to all Russian males aged between 16 and 60.

Poroshenko in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Thursday called on the West to respond to what he described as Russia's aggression by imposing additional sanctions on the Kremlin.

"Our common task is not to allow Russia to spill its aggression into the Sea of Azov," he said. "While the West is speaking, Mr. Putin is acting. It is time to respond."

Poroshenko on Thursday visited a military air base in the city of Zhytomyr where Ukraine's Air Assault Forces troops were preparing to leave for the locations on the border with Russia "in order to strengthen our defense capabilities and be ready to stop the aggressor without losing a second."

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Ukraine sends note of protest to Russia claiming to release sailors . “Kyiv District Court” of occupied Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors for two The Ukrainian side has once again demanded Russia to ensure urgently and fully all the legal rights of the captured citizens of Ukraine , provided for

MOSCOW — Ukraine 's president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in a standoff around Crimea that "There is no doubt that it was done by blessing or, perhaps, even a direct order from the top," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted not to prolong the friendship treaty with Russia, which is up for renewal next April, and adopted a bill that unilaterally doubles the extent of Ukraine's territorial waters to 24 nautical miles.

Ukrainian authorities say this will allow the coast guard and the navy to be more efficient in patrolling the area to prevent military threats and smuggling. The bill also allows Ukrainian border guards to open fire without warning on potential attackers.


Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow and Colleen Barry in Milan contributed to this report.

US, Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure.
The head of the Ukrainian navy is meeting his US counterpart this week in Washington, where they will discuss the Russian navy's recent seizure of three Ukrainian vessels, a US official said Thursday. Russian ships last month opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels as they tried to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, and detained the 24 Ukrainian crew members. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said Ukraine's Admiral Ihor Voronchenko is meeting Thursday and Friday with US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Nicholson.

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