Ukraine Is Blocking Russian Men of Combat Age From Entering the Country

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Russia refuses to deescalate: Russian military deploys missiles to border and parades captured Ukrainians on TV

Just days after a major clash between Russia and Ukraine, the Russian military has announced plans to send more S-400 surface-to-air missile systems into Crimea. All sailors understand what is behind your "testimonies", we all know how Russian special forces work. Putin said when asked about the incident at an global investment forum in Moscow. They were fulfilling their lawful functions in protecting Russia's borders. "It makes the Ukrainian leadership complacent, gives them no incentive to do normal political work in their country or pursue a normal economic policy", he charged.

President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday Ukraine was on the cusp of securing its own independent church, snapping centuries-old ties to a Russian clergy that Kiev accuses of meddling in its affairs.

Russia, meanwhile, insisted the Ukrainian vessels were in its territorial waters and refused to communicate with the Russian coast guard, or accept a Russian pilot to guide them through the narrow strait.

Trump on Tuesday threatened to cancel planned talks with Putin at this week's G20 summit in Buenos Aires over the incident. The Kerch Strait connects the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea. There are a lot of families on both sides of the border.

On Sunday, Russian Navy patrol boats carrying special operations forces (SOF) seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels that were heading toward the port of Mariupol, which is situated on the Sea of Azov.

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A court in Crimea on Wednesday ordered the sailors be held until mid-January in pre-trial detention.

"Germany, too, has to ask itself: What will Putin do next if we do not stop him?"

Moscow is concerned that civil conflict may break out in the whole of Ukraine following the declaration of martial law.

Ukraine has accused the Kremlin, after its annexation of Crimea in 2014, of continuing to support separatists in Ukraine's east.

On the other hand, the Tass news agency quoted Russian government-appointed ombudswoman as saying that the three commanders of the Ukrainian vessels, that were captured near the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula last weekend, were being transferred to Moscow for interrogation. Bearing no national markings and refusing to say who they were, the troops became known as "little green men"-a reference to their green military fatigues".

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Poroshenko's introduction of martial law has been met with criticism in Ukraine, where some lawmakers and rights campaigners have called it a threat to democracy, alleging it's an effort to help the president ahead of elections in March, which he's now expected to lose. Poroshenko has requested North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy ships to the area.

On Wednesday the European Union strongly condemned Russia's actions but failed to agree on new sanctions against Russian Federation. "We do not exclude that it may be a prologue to a new, more cynical provocation of the Russian special services", Huskov said at a briefing on Friday.

The skipper of the Ukrainian flotilla, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said, "I deliberately ignored requests via ultra-short-wave band and was aware of the provocative nature of our actions".

The raid is even more sensitive since the cleric in question, Metropolitan Pavel, heads the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, one of Ukraine's most famous monasteries and a tourist site where mummified monks rest in labyrinthine underground caves. So far, no action has been taken.

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