Ukrainian parliament votes for martial law amid Russian Federation clash

Russia blocks passage in Kerch Strait Near Crimea, Deploys Su-25 Jets And Ka-52 Attack Helicopters.

Russia blocks passage in Kerch Strait Near Crimea, Deploys Su-25 Jets And Ka-52 Attack Helicopters.

In response to what is perceived as Russian aggression, Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko said he will ask this week his government to declare martial law.

After a five-hour debate, parliament overwhelmingly approved his proposal, voting to impose martial law for 30 days starting Wednesday morning in 10 of Ukraine's 27 regions - those bordering Russia, Belarus and Moldova's pro-Moscow breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester.

The vote came after an emotional address by President Poroshenko, who promised not to restrict basic freedoms.

Poroshenko said Monday he wants to declare martial law "to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities amid increasing aggression and according to worldwide law a cold act of aggression by the Russian Federation."He added that Ukraine intends "to keep adhering to all global obligations".

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.

In response to the situation in the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian authorities decided on Monday to introduce martial law in selected regions of Ukraine along the border with Russian Federation as well as along the coast of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov for 30 days.

The FSB's Border Service in Crimea reported that three Ukrainian warships had illegally entered Russia's territorial waters, and were carrying out unsafe maneuvers, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Russian coastguard ships opened fire before special forces stormed the Ukrainian vessels.

Six sailors were wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea. About two dozen Ukrainian sailors were reportedly taken captive.

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The incident sharply escalated tensions that have been growing between the two countries since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

When the Ukrainian ships appeared in the waters of the Kerch Strait, locals saw aircraft n flying over the Kerch Bridge.

Mr Poroshenko said martial law was necessary because of intelligence about "a highly serious threat of a ground operation against Ukraine".

In September, Kiev announced plans to establish a naval base on the Azov, and Washington has said it is mulling more military assistance for Kiev to counter Russia's actions.

Several Russian fighter jets and combat helicopters were deployed to assist the blockade of the Kerch Strait.

Russia's Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polanski dismissed Ukraine's claims and blamed the scuffle on Kiev's aggression.

On Sunday, Russia dispatched warplanes to patrol the area after the Ukrainian navy tried to send the ships through the Kerch Strait, a waterway with strategic significance for both countries that passes under a newly built Russian bridge.

Earlier Sunday, Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over another incident involving the same three vessels, prompting Moscow to block passage through the Kerch Strait. "We call on both sides to de-escalate". "In August, the United States condemned Russia's harassment of worldwide shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait", she continued. Russia, Ukraine's closest neighbor and major trading partner, vehemently opposed the deal, fearing an uncontrolled flow of goods through what was then virtually an open border. Crimea, on the western shore, is now controlled by Moscow, the eastern shore is Russian territory, and the northern shore is controlled by Ukraine.

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