Ukraine files complaint against Russian Federation at European rights court

Ukraine files complaint against Russian Federation at European rights court

Ukraine files complaint against Russian Federation at European rights court

But Crimea under Russian control, when Russian-Ukrainian relations are so inflamed, is producing a potentially dramatic security problem.

A third, Anastasia, said: "I have many Russian friends who worry for us like we worry for them". Russian Federation has also supported separatists in Ukraine's east with clandestine dispatches of troops and weapons.

Immediately after the clash, Poroshenko imposed martial law in all provinces bordering Russian Federation and the Black Sea, declared an invasion might be imminent, demanded new Western sanctions on Moscow, called on the stand with him, and began visiting army units in battle fatigues.

Further along the coast, the media are treated to a show of the strength that Ukraine's military has mustered in the last four years, a display of attack helicopters strafing an empty field, and anti-aircraft guns shooting a flare over the Azov coast.

Meanwhile, a separate fight has been brewing between Kyiv and Moscow over the Orthodox Church.

The search of the cleric's home came a day after Poroshenko announced that the Constantinople patriarchy had approved a decree granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, a major boost to the president's approval ratings as he runs for re-election. The Russians then captured the ships and 24 crew members.

But Moscow accuses Kiev of illegally entering its waters off Crimea, which it claims since annexing the peninsula in 2014. The 24 Ukrainian service members were denied prisoner-of-war status, apprehended on criminal charges, and at least some of them reportedly moved to Moscow to the notorious FSB Lefortovo prison, apparently to be interrogated to seek evidence of a possible extended conspiracy (Interfax, November 29).

The confrontation took place on Sunday in the Kerch Strait when the Ukrainian ships sailed from Odessa to Mariupol, in the Sea of Azov, an area shared by the two countries.

The move was announced by the county's president Petro Poroshenko in a tweet on Friday.

Nato, which has condemned Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships, said that the alliance's ships routinely patrolled and exercised in the Black Sea, that allies conducted regular air policing and reconnaissance flights there, and that the alliance had stepped up its activities since Moscow annexed Crimea.

But Merkel responds that there is "no military solution" and calls for dialogue.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Poroshenko's request is "clearly aimed at provoking further tensions" and driven by the Ukrainian leader's "electoral and domestic policy motives".

The passage of two more gunboats may have annoyed the Russians; but on their own, those two small craft could not have possibly flipped the balance of military power in the Sea of Azov. But the military alliance, which Ukraine one day hopes to join, has stopped short of offering to deploy new forces in the area to deter Russian Federation.

Yet, both sides could gain from this.

The Ukrainian vessels had been trying to pass through the Kerch Strait on their way to the Sea of Azov.

In light of the escalation, U.S. President Donald Trump called off a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin, with whom he had been scheduled to hold talks on Saturday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine flared on Sunday, when Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized the ships and the crew.

"We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia's aggressive behaviour", Poroshenko told the Funke newspaper group.

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