Russian Federation to Send More Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Crimea

Aaron Brown
November 29, 2018

During the conference Wednesday, Putin also claimed that Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is trying to provoke Russian Federation in order to gin up support for his candidacy in upcoming elections scheduled for March 2019.

Ukraine says its ships did nothing wrong and have every right to use the strait, the only gateway to the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea, without Russian permission.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr Trump will also be meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

"The number of [Russian] units that have been stationed along our entire border has increased dramatically", Poroshenko said in a television interview late on November 27, adding that the number of Russian tanks has tripled.

The move stoked already high tensions between Moscow and Kiev, as Russia continues to accuse the sailors of crossing illegally into Russian waters and of ignoring warnings from its border guards.

In Ukraine, Poroshenko warned that the clash at sea could herald more drastic developments in the simmering Ukraine-Russia military standoff.

Sunday's incident was the first direct confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the long-running conflict pitting Kiev against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.

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Russian media has presented Ukraine's martial law as a crackdown against the country's population.

He told the Washington Post: "Maybe I won't have the meeting with Mr Putin". The fracture in the Western alliance sets the stage for tense exchanges when European, US, and Russian leaders meet at a G20 summit in Argentina later this week. The remaining sailors are due in court on Wednesday.

"We repeated a categorical demand to the Russian side to immediately release the captured citizens of Ukraine from custody and ensure their safe return to their homeland", the statement said.

Kurt Volker, the USA special envoy to Ukraine, told reporters in Berlin that Washington sees no reason to doubt the information from Kiev that its vessels were operating in line with global maritime rules.

Poroshenko said it was necessary because of intelligence about "a highly serious threat of a ground operation against Ukraine".

A total of 24 Ukrainian servicemen, including two security service agents, were arrested on Sunday, when three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea tried to enter the Kerch Strait to reach the Sea of Azov.

"I hope they understand that", he said.

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