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Ukraine urges German naval presence in the Black Sea

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

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  • Ukraine’s leader has called on Germany and its allies
    to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia
    from further aggression in the region.
  • President Petro Poroshenko says Russia deployed troops
    along its border with Ukraine and warned that Russia intends to
    push further inland after the country annexed the Black Sea
    peninsula of Crimea.
  • Poroshenko says “we need a strong, unified, unambiguous
    reaction to Russia’s aggressive behavior.”

Ukraine’s leader has called on Germany and its allies to boost
their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from
further aggression in the region.

President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has deployed a large
number of troops along its border with Ukraine. He warns that
Russia intends to push further inland into Ukraine following last
week’s naval clash between their forces in the Black Sea. Russia
has already annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Poroshenko says “we need a strong, unified, unambiguous reaction
to Russia’s aggressive behavior.” He spoke Sunday in an interview
published by the German Funke Media Group.

Last week’s clash at sea has driven tensions between Russia and
Ukraine to their highest point since Moscow annexed Crimea in
2014.


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

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.”

The hits back against Russian forces were doubled down when
President Donald Trump announced that he would
cancel
his meeting with the Russian leader at this week’s G20
summit unless Russian President Vladimir Putin released the
Ukrainian soldiers. Poroshenko said the move has left Putin “in
total isolation.” 

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