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Ukraine president proposes martial law after Russia’s ship seizure

Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula. Photograph: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters

Ukrainian navy claims six injured by Russian fire, after a day of rising tensions over access to the Sea of Azov …

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  1. Simon Warriner

    November 28, 2018 at 6:00 am

    This puts the actions of Ukraine in context.

    from here:http://thesaker.is/ukrainian-sailors-confirm-that-they-deliberately-entered-russian-waters/

    White Whale on November 26, 2018 · at 9:56 pm EST/EDT

    I found the answer to my query in Saker cafe.
    Jake Morphonios’ today’s video “WAR ALERT – Russia & Ukraine Preparing for Full Scale Conflict”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucni4znC1IU, while providing a decent overview of the Kerch situation, brings to light one particularly interesting piece of information (watch the segment from ~20:15 to ~24:05):

    “ .. just nine days ago, on November 16, US Secretary of State (and former CIA Director) Mike Pompeo met in Washington DC with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, and they discussed mutual strategic interests regarding countering of Russia. Here is what the State Department put out after that meeting:

    [the original US government document is https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/11/287421.htm ; the quote is from the fourth paragraph, subtitled ‘Security and Countering Russian Aggression’]

    ‘ .. The two sides underscored the need to continue building Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression, reaffirmed the importance of the Minsk agreements in ending Russia’s aggression, and highlighted the need to restore Ukrainian control over the Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied or controlled by Russia – Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    Both sides decided that a robust UN-mandated international security force in the areas of Donbas controlled by Russia, including the Ukraine-Russia international border, would create the necessary security conditions for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

    The United States reiterated its commitment to Secretary Pompeo’s July 25 Declaration on the non-recognition of Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.

    The United States condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Both sides underscored that Russia’s aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire Azov-Black Sea region.

    The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control .. ’

    … Let’s summarise what this is: On November 16, the US State Department/CIA met with the Ukrainian State Department representative, and from that meeting they agreed that it should be the objective of both sides to bring about conditions that would justify a United Nations international military force being put on the border of Russia and used to fight against pro-Russian forces to take back Donetsk, to take back Crimea, and all Donbass area that revolted after the CIA puppet government was installed. And it is right there: they specifically talked about Russia being a threat in the Kerch Strait. And what do you know: nine days later, after this meeting, what happens? The Ukrainian military sends its ships into the Strait – knowing that it would result in a military reaction from Russia. And here we go”

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