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Ukranian
President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech during military
drills in November 2018.

Mikhail
Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via
REUTERS


  • Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko says he has
    evidence that Russia is gathering tanks on the border, 11 miles
    from Ukraine.
  • Ukraine says that it is under threat of a “full-scale
    war” with Russia after Russia fired at and captured three
    Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors in the Azov Sea on
    Sunday.
  • Ukranian has introduced martial law in 10 regions in
    response, though Poroshenko said he will be restrained in his
    use of its powers.
  • The country has banned Russian men aged between 16 and
    60 from entering Ukraine so they can’t form “private
    armies.”
  • Russia has been condemned internationally, and the EU
    announced on Friday that it would introduce new
    sanctions.

Ukraine’s president has said that Russia is gathering tanks on
its border as the conflict between the two countries escalates
and Ukraine activates its sweeping martial law powers to
“protect” its border.

President Petro Poroshenko
told Sky News
that he has evidence that Russian military
tanks are amassing along the country’s border.

He said that Russia has a tank base 18 kilometers (11
miles) from Ukraine’s border, where it also stores ammunition.
“This is the same warehouse where they have their ammunition, the
same where they have multi-rocket launch systems,” he
said.

“We have to put pressure to bring Russia back to a
civilized world. Because this is a disaster, this is a great
threat to global security … This is a problem not only for
Ukraine.”

Poroshenko’s interview comes after he said Ukraine is under
threat of a ‘”full-scale war” with Russia after Russia fired at
and captured three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors in the Azov
Sea on Sunday.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sky News
Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko showed Sky News what he said was
evidence that Russia was gathering military tanks at the border
with Ukraine.

President of
Ukraine


Russia’s military has announced plans to
move more anti-aircraft missiles into Crimea
. Separately,
Ukraine has implemented 30 days of martial law in parts of the
country — though Poroshenko pledged that the laws would not
affect citizens and would only be introduced in the event of
“Russian military aggression.”

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Parts of Ukraine are now under martial law, giving authorities
sweeping powers to ban protest, seize property, and lock up
foreigners

Ukraine
said on Monday
that it will not allow Russian men aged 16-60
into the country under martial law, except under “humanitarian”
cases. Ukraine said that this measure would prevent members of
the Russian army entering Ukraine and forming “private armies.”

Poroshenko said the Russian army tried similar tactics in 2014,
when pro-Russian militants declared revolutions in two
eastern provinces and Russia annexed the Crimean
Peninsula.

Martial law grants the government sweeping powers to ban
protests, detain foreigners, seize private property, censor the
media, and stop elections, but Poroshenko
said on Friday
that “civilians will not be affected by
the introduction of martial law.”


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko chairs a meeting on national defence
and security in Kiev, Ukraine on Friday.

Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press
Service/Handout via REUTERS


“We will use its capabilities to strengthen the Armed
Forces in rebuffing Russian aggression,” he said.

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 Ukranian soldiers.

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Trump says he canceling a meeting with Putin because Russia is
causing trouble in the Black Sea

Countries including the Canadathe
UK,and
 Germany,
as well as NATO and the EU, have condemned Russia.

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

The European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on
Russia in December in light of the recent conflict, European
Council President Donald Tusk said at the G20 summit Friday,

Reuters reported.

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