Crimean court orders Ukrainian sailors to be detained for two months

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Article 2 of the agreement guarantees freedom of movement through the straits and in the Sea of Azov to all Russian and Ukrainian commercial and military vessels.

Martial law will be limited to 30 days instead of 60-and not affect or delay the election-and will only be in effect in 10 regions of Ukraine that border Russia, Belarus, and Transnistria, the unrecognized breakaway region of Moldova where more than 1,000 Russian troops have been stationed since 1995. "Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russian Federation", the president said in an interview with national television.

We also remain concerned about the welfare of the Ukrainian sailors.

The Kerch Strait - a shallow, narrow stretch of water just 2-3miles wide at one point - connects the Azov Sea with the Black Sea and runs between the Crimean Peninsula and Russian Federation.

Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday's confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russian Federation. Ukrainian military expert Vyacheslav Tseluiko told the capital's local English-language newspaper, the Kyiv Post, that martial law wouldn't necessarily bring any new or immediate reinforcements to Ukraine's military.

His call came as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against any "reckless acts" after Kiev declared martial law in response to Moscow's seizure of three of its navy vessels.

"There's room to close that gap", Sleboda said, "and a little bit of military patriotic excitement, presenting him as the protector of the country against Russian aggression, is exactly what was called for". Russian politicians have accused Poroshenko of deliberately instigating the standoff to boost his flagging popularity ahead of elections in March.

The locations were identified as potentially in the front line of any Russian attack.

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United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday condemned Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships as an "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" and warned the Kremlin against further escalation.

At one point, one of the sailors is heard saying that "the actions of the Ukrainian armed vessels in the Kerch Strait had a provocatory character" - parroting the version of events put forward by Russian authorities.

Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone in the early hours on Tuesday, and the Russian president expressed a "serious concern" about what the martial law in Ukraine might entail.

Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend, prompting Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to say there was now an "extremely serious" threat of a Russian land invasion.

Following the November 25 incident in the Black Sea, after the Ukrainian navy vessels were taken to the port of Kerch in Russian-occupied Crimea, Russian media identified one of the detained SBU officers as Lieutenant Andriy Drach, who had been aboard the Nikopol patrol boat when it was attacked by Russia.

Russia, however, claimed that only three Ukrainians were lightly injured, and accused Ukraine and "its Western patrons" of provoking the attack as "pretext for stepping up sanctions" against the Kremlin.

The Kremlin on Tuesday warned that Ukraine's declaration of martial law in border and coastal areas could lead to a flare-up of hostilities in the country's conflict-ridden eastern provinces.

US President Donald Trump suggested it was up to European governments to handle the crisis. It is an important economic lifeline for Ukraine, as it allows its ships to access the Black Sea. "At the same time, we have to work for de-escalation". Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council the incident was another example of Ukrainian leaders trying to provoke Russia for political purposes. And hopefully they'll get straightened out.