Russian Federation vs Ukraine: What is sparking tensions between Putin and Ukraine?

Russian Federation vs Ukraine: What is sparking tensions between Putin and Ukraine?

Petro Poroshenko appealed for help from the west and this morning banned Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from travelling into the Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, tweeted that the latest measure was created to prevent Russia from forming units of "private" armies, "which in reality are representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation", on Ukrainian soil.

Russia and Ukraine traded blame after Russian border guards on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels and eventually seized them and their crews.

"We ask the Ukrainian side, too, to be sensible because we know that we can only solve things through being reasonable and through dialogue because there is no military solution to these disputes", she said.

Kiev said the travel ban was to stop Russians from forming "private armies" who would go on to fight on Ukrainian soil.

On Sunday, Russian ships stopped Ukrainian naval vessels attempting to pass though the Kerch Strait, which connects the Azov with the Black Sea.

McAdams also emphasized that Trump was allowing himself to be manipulated and led by the very people he fiercely criticized during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Russian RT television on Friday broadcast footage of a convoy of massive vehicles carrying long-range Bal anti-ship missiles moving toward Kerch, near the area where the naval incident occurred. The Ukrainian convoy was stopped by Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Guard ships, even though both Moscow and Kyiv agree the Ukrainian vessels had the right to cross into the Azov Sea in accordance with a 2003 treaty that declared these waters a joint sovereignty "internal" waterway (see EDM, November 26, 28).

Short of that, the lengthening delays from hours to days that Russian Federation now imposes on shipping to the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk constitute an economic embargo. The Kerch Strait connects the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea. The other 21 remain in custody in Crimea.

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It said President Poroshenko - whose approval ratings have plummeted - would then be the main beneficiary.

Travellers who enter Crimea without first crossing through Ukrainian immigration risk a ban and prosecution.

In 2014, Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms infiltrated Crimea, taking control of Ukrainian ships and military bases on the peninsula as Moscow insisted its forces were not involved.

That year saw the start of an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. Trump, who was en route to Buenos Aires for the G-20 summit, said he would not be meeting Putin because "the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation".

The Ukrainian parliament on Monday also adopted a motion from Poroshenko to impose martial law in the country for 30 days in the wake of the standoff. In practical terms it could easily block the Kerch Strait as it did earlier this week by placing a merchant vessel across the channel.

Russian tanks are massing at the Ukraine border, sparking fears of 'full-scale war'. The move marked the latest escalation of tensions between the two the countries after Russian Federation stopped several Ukrainian ships and detained 22 of its sailors.

Poroshenko's move follows Thursday's decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to scrap his much-anticipated meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Maria Zakharova, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said at a news conference in Moscow that her country would not respond in kind as it would be "irrational".