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Ukraine’s Poroshenko: Putin wants my whole country

BERLIN: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin of seeking to annex his entire country and called in interviews with German media for Chancellor Angela Merkel to come to Kiev’s aid in the crisis. Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters - a charge Ukraine strongly refutes. In interviews with Germany’s Bild newspaper and the Funke newspaper group on…

European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

MOSCOW/KERCH: Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict. A Russian minister said further sanctions would solve nothing and that the incident should not be used to derail the Minsk accord, which aims to end fighting in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels. Russian assets have come under pressure on financial…

Ukraine introduces martial law citing threat of Russian invasion

MOSCOW: Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine’s defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend. US President Donald Trump said he did not like what was happening between Russia and Ukraine and was working with European leaders on the…

US warns Russia ‘outlaw’ actions in Ukraine jeopardize ties

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday warned Russia that "outlaw actions" like the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov are preventing normal relations from developing between Washington and Moscow. US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that "the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia. But outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible." Tensions have flared after the Russian navy on Sunday boarded and seized three Ukrainian ships…

Russia fires on and seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea

Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. The FSB said it had been forced to act because the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured…

Russia and Ukraine involved in Black Sea naval standoff

MOSCOW: Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port. The incident in the Black Sea reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev around the Sea of Azov which both countries have the right to use. Russia and Ukraine, whose relations remain acutely strained after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Russian insurgency in…

Female skydivers set world record in the skies above Ukraine

UKRAINE: Women from 19 countries participated in a project to get into and then change formation. Kharkiv skydiving club Fifty-seven women have set a new world record for a synchronized skydive in Ukraine Skydivers jumped out of three airplanes at a very precise time to then meet their colleagues in the sky, according to Euronews. During 90 seconds of free fall, the skydivers changed formation three times. The previous record was set in the Netherlands which included 56 women.