Contents tagged with Kerch Strait

  • Ukraine moves troops to Russian border

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that starting December 3, the Ukrainian troops will be redeployed to the Russian border, as reported on the President’s website.

    “Certain units will be redeployed to strengthen the defense of the border. Military exercises will be conducted in the regions where martial law was imposed. Training with the stand-by reserve will take place,” he said. Poroshenko also pointed out that protection of the country’s nuclear and hydropower plants has been …

  • Russian border guards who seized Ukrainian ships will receive an award

    A chairman for the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, stated that the Russian Parliament is preparing a proposal to award the border guards who attacked and seized Ukrainian ships in neutral waters near the Kerch Strait on November 25th.

    “For our part, we requested that the committee on security and anti-corruption consider rewarding border guards involved in preventing a violation of our borders and protecting the law,” reports Interfax quoting Volodin. Suggestions must be ready for the …

  • Ukrainian President: Putin ignores request for telephone conversation about Kerch crisis

    In an interview with France 24, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet responded to his request to have a telephone conversation about the crisis at the Sea of Azov. Poroshenko, reports the presidential press service.

    The President of Ukraine stressed that when the attack on the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait occurred, he instructed his officials to contact the President of Russia, Putin.

    “Unfortunately, so far Putin has not responded …

  • Kremlin: Russia is 'protecting' Europe from aggression

    Maria Zakharova, official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Facebook that Russia is “protecting Europe from aggression”.

    “After Poroshenko said that Russia supposedly intends to capture Mariupol and Berdyansk, one can paraphrase his utterance with certainty: it is Russia that is protecting Europe from the barbarism, tyranny, terrorism, aggression and militarism that loom over our entire continent,” Zakharova wrote.

    At the same time, in an interview for the program “Moscow. …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: Russia remains ‘a very dangerous partner’

    Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, stated that the recent incident in the Kerch Strait shows that "to protect its infrastructure, Russia may resort to the use of force," reports Polskie Radio.

    According to the Polish Foreign Minister, the Kerch conflict was an important signal to the international community that Moscow remains "a very dangerous partner." He added that Warsaw will call for a “decisive reaction to Russian aggression”, in particular at the level of the European Union, …

  • Russia asks Ukraine to cancel the ban on entry for men

    Adviser to the Russian President and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov appealed to the Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine, Lyudmyla Denisova, asking to influence the Ukrainian authorities to cancel the ban on entry for men aged 16 to 60 with Russian passports, Interfax reports.

    “I ask you, dear Lyudmyla Leontiivna, to use your authority as the main protector of human rights in Ukraine to reconsider this ban,” Fedotov said in his …

  • Kremlin: Putin explained attack on Ukrainian ships to Merkel and Macron

    During a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his German and French colleagues Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron a detailed explanation about the incident in the Kerch Strait, reported  Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, as cited by Interfax.

    “The president gave comprehensive explanations about the Black Sea border incident [at the meeting with Merkel], and demonstrated it clearly. He also demonstrated it clearly yesterday, at the meeting with …

  • Ukraine calls up reservists

    The press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense  stated that starting Monday, December 3rd, large-scale call-up of reservists and those liable for military duty will begin.

    “In part, reservists will be called to duty for up to 15 days to command units and up to 20 days to training centers. Therefore, it is assumed that all the events will be completed before the beginning of the New Year holidays,” noted the Ministry.

    “However, mobilization will only be carried out in the case of open …

  • President Poroshenko: Russia wants to seize the Sea of Azov and other Ukrainian territories

    Russia intends to establish air control over the territories through which gas and oil are sent to Europe. Russia’s aggression must be stopped, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, as reported by the official presidential website.

    It’s not enough to make joint statements, Poroshenko stresses, it’s time to take action against the aggressor: to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, increase NATO’s presence in the …

  • Ukraine promises more sanctions against Russia because of 'aggression in the Kerch Strait'

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that a new set of severe sanctions would be imposed against Russia for aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait, Interfax Ukraine reports.

    “Several sets of sanctions are being prepared, severe sanctions. I cannot talk about all the details, but in fact, what already exists, works against Russia,” said the Foreign Minister.

    Klimkin also said that the US President Donald Trump canceling his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was a “slap …