Escalating military escalation between Russia and Ukraine[/rtl]
[rtl]Editorial Date: 2018/11/26 9:04 • 115 times read[/rtl]
(International: Euphrates News) Russian forces fired and captured three Ukrainian warships, off the coast of the Crimea - which was seized by Russia years ago - in a new escalation of tension between the two countries.
Russian forces seized two warships and a locomotive, and a number of Ukrainian crews were injured.
Each country blames the other for the incident.
The Ukrainian parliament is due to vote on Monday to declare a state of emergency.
For its part, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, on Monday, the imposition of martial law in the country for 60 days, and the decision will become effective after the approval by the Verkhovna Rada.
The crisis began when Russia accused Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters and preventing them from sailing in the Azov Sea.
Russia has put an oil tanker under a bridge over the Kerch Strait.
The strait is the only crossing to the Azov Sea, shared by the two countries.
During a meeting of the Security and National Defense Council in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described Russian actions as "insane and unjustified."
Tensions have risen recently in the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, off the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. The
crisis broke out on Sunday morning, as two warships and a canoe from Ukraine attempted to sail from the Black Sea port of Odessa to Mariupol on the sea Azov.
Ukraine said that Russian forces tried to intercept ships, and shocked the tow boat.
The two vessels continued to sail towards the Kerch Strait, but were intercepted by the oil tanker.
Russia has mobilized four warplanes in the area and accused the ships of illegally entering Russian waters and said the passage was suspended for security reasons.
The Ukrainian navy later said that its boats were hit and disrupted as it tried to leave the area.
She added that 6 Ukrainian crew members were injured.
Later, the Russian Federal Security Service confirmed that one of its navy patrols had used force to detain three Ukrainian ships, but said only three Ukrainian sailors had been wounded.
Ukraine said it had informed Russia of its plan to move its ships across the sea to the Mariupol port.
The EU called on Russia to "restore freedom of passage in the Kerch Straits" and urged "all parties to exercise maximum restraint".
NATO said it "fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its navigational rights in its territorial waters."
NATO added that Russia must "ensure unimpeded passage to Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea."
Ukraine has requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and called for an international reaction against Moscow.
The shallow Azov Sea lies east of the Crimea, and to the south of areas in Ukraine, partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
Two vital Ukrainian ports are located on its northern coast, Berdinsk and Mariupol, where grain and steel are exported, and coal is imported.
In 2003, Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, known as the Sea of Azov as the internal waters of both countries.
The Convention gave freedom of navigation to all Ukrainian and Russian vessels.
But Russia recently began to inspect all ships, which go to or come from the ports of Ukraine