US Braces To Sail Warship Into Black Sea Amidst Russia Ukraine Conflict

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Russian Federation seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 24 crew members off Crimea in late November, accusing the vessels of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.

"It is Kremlin's regime who bears full responsibility for further aggravation of the situation in the Azov and Black Seas and for undermining the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict".

The vessels were on a mission to sail from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov and operating in line with a 2003 treaty with Russian Federation that allowed Ukrainian ships free passage through the Kerch Strait.

Tensions over the church come amid a bitter tug-of-war between the two neighbors that began with Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

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Russian Federation has "partially unblocked" Ukraine's ports on the Azov Sea, allowing ship traffic though the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said Tuesday in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

The passage at the start of this month of a small number of ships doesn't resolve the issue, Ukraine's Sea Ports Administration said Tuesday.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also professed that the Ukrainian government had accepted active preparations for a military hostility in Eastern Ukraine utilizing a contemporary announcement of martial law in specific area as a cover.

Ukraine is not a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Russia's Investigative Committee has accused the Ukrainians of illegal border crossing.

Poroshenko, who has made an independent church one of the main slogans of his not-yet-announced re-election bid, said that Orthodox communities would gather on December 15 to adopt the charter of the new Ukrainian church and choose its leader.

Concerned about an outright invasion by Russia, Ukrainian reserve units have been called up while the president, Petro Poroshenko, declared 30 days of marshal law that will bar Russian males from entering the country.

"According to their status, according to the Geneva Convention, they are prisoners of war and can not be tried in any Kremlin court", he said.

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