Left to go it alone, Ukraine's navy waits for Russia's next move

Vladimir Putin

Poroshenko said the Russian army tried similar tactics in 2014, when pro-Russian militants declared revolutions in two eastern provinces and Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

As Maxim Nosenko strides the decks of one of Ukraine's moored naval gunships, frozen in a biting chill that rips through the port of Mariupol, he's left to contemplate Kiev's unlikely response to the apparent bid by Moscow to annex the sea behind him: inactivity.

Russia denied having received such report, saying that the ships ignored multiple warnings by the Russian border guards.

Russian Federation confirms "weapons were used" but accuses Kiev of a "clear provocation" and "dangerous methods that created threats and risks" in the area. The Kerch Strait is sensitive area for Russian Federation, since it just built a long bridge from the mainland to occupied Crimea there.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea after a pro-Russian leader was toppled in Kiev.

The Kremlin has also backed an ongoing separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the east.

On November 26, Ukraine's parliament backed Poroshenko's decree declaring a 30-say martial law in ten regions, identified as "most susceptible to a possible Russian attack" - and this took place after Sunday's incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russian services confiscated three Ukrainian ships and arrested their crews, accusing them of violating Russia's borders.

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It is also, 13/14 aside, more than we've scored in a single league campaign since 1988. To do so, they must shake off their poor away displays in Europe.

Mr Poroshenko also told Sky News he has evidence that Russian tanks are massing along his country's border.

The upper chamber approved the resolution by unanimous consent late Thursday, hours after Trump announced on Twitter he was canceling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that had been scheduled for Saturday in Buenos Aires.

The White House said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the recent Kerch Strait incident.

A Crimean court ruled this week that the Ukrainian seamen will remain behind bars for two months pending Russia's investigation into the clash.

"Not a single country in the world except us would spend the entire day running after those madmen in its territorial waters, calling them, asking who they were and trying to stop them", she said. That Moscow really seeks to control not just naval traffic in and out of the Sea of Azov, but also the sea itself. He said the cleric is suspected of "inciting hatred".

The Istanbul-based patriarch Bartholomew, considered "first among equals" of all Orthodox church leaders, earlier this year took the first major step toward granting the Ukrainian church a "Tomos of Autocephaly", or full ecclesiastic independence, when he removed condemnation of leaders of schismatic Orthodox churches in Ukraine. Moscow fears that splitting the Orthodox community in Ukraine could trigger sectarian violence.

There are three Orthodox communities in Ukraine, including two breakaway churches.

The monastery, which is the spiritual centre of Ukraine, is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. Their crews - sailors and operatives of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) - have been arrested by Russian authorities and stand accused of illegally crossing the state border. "But I would like to assure you that I am part of the holy church and I do not recognize any other church", he said, speaking by the ornate gilded altar at one of the monastery's cathedrals.

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