Ukraine: Parliament approves martial law for 30 days


Mr Poroshenko's critics reacted to his call for martial law with suspicion, wondering why Sunday's incident merited such a response.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is talking about declaring martial law in his country as Russian aggression continues.

The country's parliament granted him emergency powers in certain areas of the country it considered most vulnerable to attack, and suspended elections for 30 days.

The measure calls for 30 days of martial law, an apparent concession to opponents, which would allow for elections to be called as scheduled in December.

At a UN Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley urged Moscow to "immediately cease its unlawful conduct" in the Black Sea.

"This is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act".

The global community will not accept this, he said, insisting that Russian Federation "must not be allowed to rewrite history by establishing new realities on the ground".

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"This is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act", Haley said in remarks at the United Nations Security Council.

Accusing Ukraine of provoking the crisis, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "There is no doubt that it was done by blessing or, perhaps, even a direct order from the top".

Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday's confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russian Federation.

"This provocation was pre-planned, that's obvious, and it was with the full connivance of Western states that de facto have just given carte blanche to any actions taken by their subordinates", he said.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on November 26, Haley said the move was "another reckless Russian escalation" in the years-long war.

One of the men, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was aware of the "provocative nature" of the Ukrainian action. "Sanctions, they do bite".

A court in Russian-controlled Crimea has ordered that 12 of the Ukrainian sailors captured during clashes with Russian forces on Sunday be detained for two months, a move likely to further inflame tensions between the two countries. "Ready at any moment for an immediate invasion of Ukraine".

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Russia´s FSB security service, which oversees border forces, confirmed weapons had been fired and the vessels seized, accusing the Ukrainian ships of "violating the Russian border". "It does not exist".

Seven Security Council members voted down a meeting agenda proposed by Moscow, while China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Bolivia voted in favor of it.

Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone early Tuesday, and the Russian president expressed a "serious concern" about what the martial law in Ukraine might entail.

The US State Department, the European Union, Britain, France, Poland, Denmark, and Canada have all condemned what they called Russian aggression after it opened fire on and seized three Ukrainian navy ships near Russian-annexed Crimea on Sunday. Moscow has closed off the Kerch Strait.

While a 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters, Moscow has sought to assert greater control over the passage since the annexation.

According to the statement, these officers were providing counterintelligence support to the Ukrainian naval unit.

The naval confrontation took place as the Ukrainian vessels were approaching the Kerch Strait, the only access to the Sea of Azov.

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