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"And that in five to six years the Ukrainian public will vote for more pro Russian forces", he said.

About it reports "Interfax-Ukraine" with reference to the press service of the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova.

The White House said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the recent Kerch Strait incident. But were Russian Federation, at a moment of heightened tensions, to cut off all shipping to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov that would turn an embargo into a blockade, and a blockade is an act of war.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's not backing off plans for a joint pipeline with Russia, but is pledging to ensure Ukraine remains a transit country for Russian natural gas.

"The Ukrainian military has been granted exclusive powers, including the extrajudicial use of force, which poses a serious danger, as the civil conflict may engulf the entire country", she said, commenting on the declaration of martial law in ten of Ukraine's regions, Tanjug reported citing TASS.

The EU has propped up Ukraine's war-scarred economy since the Crimea annexation while prodding the pro-Western authorities to pass reforms and tackle corruption.

Predictably, our interventionists decried Russian "aggression" and demanded we back up our Ukrainian "ally" and send military aid.

Meanwhile, a separate fight has been brewing between Kyiv and Moscow over the Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was granted independence from the Russian church, a watershed moment that could split eastern Orthodoxy.

Fighter jets and attack helicopters were deployed to assist Russian vessels, which chased the Ukrainian ships down, rammed one and opened fire on all three. On Thursday Kiev barred all foreigners from entering Russia's region of Crimea through the land border with Ukraine.

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Ukrainian State Border Service Head Pyotr Tsigikal said earlier that security measures would be tightened at crossing points.

According to the state-backed Russia Today media agency, the foreign ministry in Moscow said it was not planning to introduce similar rules for Ukrainian men traveling across the border to Russia.

In a further boost to Ukraine, the EU released 500 million euros in financial assistance to Kiev and European Council President Donald Tusk predicted Brussels would roll over sanctions on Russian Federation at a summit on December 13-14. The Kremlin said Poroshenko's request looked created to cause more tensions in the area.

Yet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has made an independent church one of the key slogans of his not-yet-announced campaign to stay in office. "We discussed this subject with both sides".

"We aimed to show... our face in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, and demonstrate what these naval boats are capable of", Voronchenko said, as quoted by Ukraine's UNIAN news agency.

Poroshenko also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has found himself "in total isolation" after US President Donald Trump announced that he would cancel his meeting with the Russian leader at this week's G20 summit unless Putin released the Ukrainian soldiers.

Germany says a blockade of access to the Sea of Azov is "unacceptable".

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine flared on Sunday, when Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized the ships and the crew.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also condemned what he called the "aggressive Russian action".


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