In the Russian-annexed Ukrainian Crimea, a court has ruled that Ukrainian soldiers seized together with ships on the Kerch strait should be kept in detention for two months, TASS and Reuters report.
Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports, citing Russian state news agency TASS that the court ruling passed on Tuesday, November 27. It applies to the first of 23 sailors seized in an attack on two Ukrainian artillery ships and a tugboat. The attack took place on Sunday, November 25.
Reportedly, the Ukrainian parliament adopted martial law in a part of the country for 30 days, as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pointed to a serious thread of land invasion from the Russian side.
Poroshenko has stated that martial law was necessary to increase Ukraine’s defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner on Sunday.
Both NATO and the U.S. expressed their support the suvreignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and urged Russia to release the sailors and ships.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Kyiv for creating tension.
«It’s obvious that this painstakingly thought-through and planned provocation was aimed at igniting another source of tension in the region in order to create a pretext to ramp up sanctions against Russia,» according to the ministry’s statement.