Poroshenko explains timing of Russia's attack on Ukrainian ships near Kerch Strait

Russia announces new S 400 surface to air missiles deployment in Crimea

Russia announces new S 400 surface to air missiles deployment in Crimea

Sunday's incident was the first direct confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the long-running conflict pitting Kiev against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.

France and Germany, which brokered a ceasefire and tentative peace accord between Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and Petro Poroshenko, the leader of Ukraine, in 2015, are understood to fear such a move could split the bloc and further inflame tensions.

Ukraine has imposed martial law in some of its border regions in response to the incident, and with a growing number of other European countries, urged Western allies to impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr Trump will also be meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

United States authorities, however, believe that there was "no conceivable justification. for the use of force in this scenario".

Ukraine imposed martial law for 30 days from November 26 in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russian Federation after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion.

"The new air defense missile system will soon be put on combat duty to guard Russian airspace", Colonel Vadim Astafyev said.

Ukraine will defend itself militarily if it has to against "Russian aggression" along the country's coastline in the sea of Azov, the country's foreign minister has told Sky News.

Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichoki told Reuters on November 27 that Warsaw felt vindicated, after the Kerch Strait crisis, in its calls for a more unified Western position on Russian Federation.

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A Reuters journalist reported seeing a Russian warship deploying near Crimea.

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.

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

"Maybe I won't have the meeting", he said.

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.

Twelve of the 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured on Sunday were sentenced to months in custody while another 9 will be jailed for two months, an order Kiev calls "illegal."

Trump and Putin had been originally scheduled to meet in Paris earlier this month. Russia is treating the seamen as individuals who violated the Russian border, an offense that carries up to six years in prison.

The mother of detained sailor Andriy Eyder, Viktoria Eyder, told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in the Black Sea port city of Odesa that her son was "wounded and is hospitalized in Kerch".

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