Ukraine Reiterates Call For 'Germany, Allies' To Increase Presence In Black Sea

Ukraine Reiterates Call For 'Germany, Allies' To Increase Presence In Black Sea

During that engagement, Russian Federation closed the Kerch Strait to all traffic.

The separatist conflict in eastern regions forming Ukraine's industrial heartland has taken a toll on the national economy, reducing the cargo flow through the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov.

He also called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter futher Russian aggression.

Donald Trump had an "informal" conversation with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Argentina on Friday, one day after the USA president announced that he had made a decision to cancel a meeting with his Russian counterpart because of new developments in Russia's conflict with Ukraine.

Poroshenko said Monday that reservists will be summoned for training as part of martial law.

The Ukrainian border service said Saturday that around 100 Russian citizens had been denied entry since the border restrictions went into effect Friday.

"(Russia) has deployed land forces of around 80,000 Russian troops, about 1,400 artillery and missile systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armoured vehicles, about 500 planes and 300 helicopters", Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

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As UNIAN reported, three Ukrainian vessels were captured on November 25 by Russian forces at sea near the Kerch Strait, which is the only outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls access to two major Ukrainian ports.

Ukraine's deputy defense minister, Anatoliy Petrenko, said the country is talking to its Western partners to respond to Russia's 'escalatory actions'. Moscow says Ukrainian navy ships entered Russian waters while trying to cross the strait without prior notice, ignoring orders to stop. There is no justification for this use of force.

Russian Federation is adamant that the Ukrainian ships had entered its waters without permission.

The relationship between Russia and Ukraine has worsened significantly ever since a pro-Western social movement ousted a pro-Russian president nearly five years ago.

Last weekend, Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in the narrow strait that separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine and Russian Federation have blamed each other for the naval incident that further escalated the tug-of-war that began in 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and supported separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Later this week, the Ukrainian parliament is expected to mull a presidential decree blocking the extension of a friendship treaty, a long-anticipated symbolic move. "Trump has his own position on the incident, which is different from that of Russian Federation; in any case, I informed him", Putin said.

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