Russia's Capture of Ukrainian Ships Capture Shows It Can't Be Trusted: Mattis

Ukraine asks for NATO vessels in Sea of Azov over Russia standoff

Ukraine asks for NATO vessels in Sea of Azov over Russia standoff

He adds: "That will be very determinative", Trump said.

In Crimea, nine of the captured Ukrainian seamen were expected to face court hearings in the regional capital of Simferopol later Wednesday.

The escalation began on Sunday when Russian ships prevented three Ukrainian navy vessels from entering the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea via the Kerch Strait.

Separately, a Reuters correspondent in Crimea on Wednesday observed a Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, heading for the Sea of Azov, which is used by both Ukraine and Russia and is an area of growing tensions.

Russia says the Ukrainian vessels sparked the confrontation earlier this week by refusing to yield upon orders from Russian border forces to change their course inside Russian territorial waters (within 12 miles of Russia's coast).

Mr Klimkin, however, dismissed the allegations as more Russian disinformation as the martial law act only lasts for 30 days and the election period of campaigning does not start until January, so there is no overlap.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday the Trump is receiving "regular briefings on the Russia/Ukraine situation from his national security team".

Members of Parliament react as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (top) delivers a speech ahead of a parliamentary vote on imposing martial law in the country, in Kiev, Ukraine, November 26, 2018.

Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, said the unprecedented move would boost the powers of the country's military and allow it to "fulfil its holy duty - to defend Ukraine".

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President Putin has lashed at Ukraine over its imposition of martial law, depicting it as a cynical pre-election ploy by the country's unpopular president while also mocking western countries over their "short-sighted" support for Kiev.

Russia seized the Ukrainian vessels and their crews on Sunday near Crimea, the Ukrainian region which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, which Ukraine denies.

Poroshenko said that Russia's actions threatened to lead to a "full-scale war" and accused Moscow of mounting a major buildup of forces near Ukraine.

"It shouldn't happen, it shouldn't happen", Trump said.

Volker said he has not received independent US verification of Ukraine's information, but believed "the data the Ukrainians have provided is quite clear".

According to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the vessels sailed toward the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov, and were seized by Russian Federation after failing to respond to a demand to stop.

Lavrov said Ukrainian warships had ignored maritime law when they tried to enter the Kerch Strait, aiming to create a scandal for domestic political purposes and United States encouragement for such acts "saddens me greatly".

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged European states to do more to support Ukraine and said Washington wants to see tougher enforcement of sanctions against Russian Federation.

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