The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to withdraw from a wide-ranging treaty on friendship with Russia, the most recent step in escalating tensions between the 2 neighbors.

The Supreme Rada overwhelmingly supported a movement by President Petro Poroshenko to not extend the treaty when it comes up for renewal in April. The camouflage-clad president on Thursday visited an air base to announce an upcoming dispatch of troops to the Russian border.

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The long-simmering battle between Russia and Ukraine that began with Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 spilled into the open on November 25 when the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews. The seamen are nonetheless in Russian captivity.

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Ukraine’s overseas minister on Thursday reiterated his nation’s name for the discharge and secure return of the 24 Ukrainian sailors.

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Pavlo Klimkin in a speech on the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe warned that for the reason that Crimean annexation Russia has not pulled again however, quite the opposite, has prolonged operations into the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

FILE - A Ukrainian sailor seized by Russia, right, is escorted by a Russian intelligence officer to a court room in Simferopol, in Russia-annexed Crimea, Nov. 27, 2018.

FILE – A Ukrainian sailor seized by Russia, proper, is escorted by a Russian intelligence officer to a courtroom room in Simferopol, in Russia-annexed Crimea, Nov. 27, 2018.

With the Ukraine-Russia battle on the high of the OSCE agenda, the EU’s excessive consultant Federica Mogherini on Thursday additionally known as on Russia to launch the Ukrainian ships and troopers “directly.”

Poroshenko responded to the standoff by introducing martial regulation for 30 days, one thing Ukraine hadn’t finished even after Crimea’s annexation and amid large-scale preventing between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in 2014-2015.

As a part of martial regulation, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia, known as up reservists for coaching and barred entry to all Russian males aged between 16 and 60.

Poroshenko in an opinion piece printed in The New York Occasions on Thursday known as on the West to answer what he described as Russia’s aggression by imposing extra sanctions on the Kremlin.

“Our frequent activity is to not permit Russia to spill its aggression into the Sea of Azov,” he stated. “Whereas the West is talking, Mr. Putin is appearing. It’s time to reply.”

Poroshenko on Thursday visited a navy air base within the metropolis of Zhytomyr the place Ukraine’s Air Assault Forces troops had been making ready to depart for the areas on the border with Russia “in an effort to strengthen our protection capabilities and be able to cease the aggressor with out dropping a second.”

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday voted to not extend the friendship treaty with Russia, which is up for renewal subsequent April, and adopted a invoice that unilaterally doubles the extent of Ukraine’s territorial waters to 24 nautical miles.

Ukrainian authorities say this may permit the coast guard and the navy to be extra environment friendly in patrolling the world to stop navy threats and smuggling. The invoice additionally permits Ukrainian border guards to open fireplace with out warning on potential attackers.

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