The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, added that Ukraine did it so that its president, Petro Poroshenko, could put off elections by imposing martial law because he was not doing very well in polls.
This morning, I had a phone call with President Poroshenko who requested the NATO - Ukraine Commission meeting.
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".
Instead, the US "will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine against the Russian aggression", she said, including through sanctions on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea.
Russian seizure of Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea sparks alarm
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on both sides to show restraint, but described Russia's actions as "a risky escalation and a violation of global law".
Video footage from the clash, obtained and released by Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, appears to show the exact moment a suspected Russian ship slams into the side of a Ukrainian tugboat in the shallow waters between Russia and the Ukraine.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that she is in contact with the Ukrainian government after Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels over the weekend.
As a result of the skirmish between the two navies, BBC says six Ukrainian sailors were injured.
InSight Mars lander sends back selfie after fiery landing
Squeee, first photo from InSight! The thee-legged, one-armed InSight will operate from the same spot for the next two years. In its descent towards the martian surface, the probe first entered Mars' atmosphere, 80 miles above the surface.
"This is a very unsafe provocation, which requires particular attention and a special investigation", Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media.
With relations still raw after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing for a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, the crisis risked pushing the two countries into open conflict. Moscow has closed off the Kerch Strait.
"The incident in Kerch Strait is a serious breach of worldwide law". Ukraine said three of its ships were captured.
Turkey stressed that as a country sharing a Black Sea coast "passage through the Kerch strait should not be blocked", and called for an avoidance of any actions likely to endanger stability and peace in the region.
As world leaders denounced Russia's aggression against Ukraine, President Donald Trump waited more than a day before offering a muted response about the clash, leaving the task of criticizing Moscow to the outgoing USA ambassador to the UN. "They're not thrilled. We're all working on it together", he said.
Russian news agencies reported that Russia's FSB security service had accused Ukraine of not informing it in advance of the journey, something Kyiv denied and had said the Ukrainian ships had been maneuvering dangerously with the aim of stirring up tensions.
Part 1 of Article 2 of the Treaty provides that merchant ships and warships, as well as other state-owned vessels under the flag of Ukraine or the Russian Federation, operated for non-commercial purposes, use the freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. This also gives Moscow leverage over Ukraine and its struggling port cities along the Sea of Azov.
Seized Ukrainian ships - small armoured artillery ships and a tug boat - are seen anchored in Kerch, Crimea, on Monday.
Mickelson walked up the fairway knowing that if he made birdie and Woods made par the cash grab would be his. Woods humbly sat by, taking the good-natured trash talk he knew would be coming if he did not prevail.
But Borrell rejected this idea, suggesting Sunday's meeting should not take place if the issue were not resolved beforehand. The EU Commission today agreed the draft text for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and EU after Brexit.
It's not a direct discount like Target's deal, but if you shop at Kohl's frequently, it can really pay off. Walmart says it will have "thousands more deals" this year than it's had on Cyber Mondays in the past.
Republican senator Rand Paul tweeted on Tuesday: 'I'm pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First'. For its part, Saudi Arabia has said that 21 people are in custody, with death penalties sought against five men.
The coldest air in North America is coming to NY and Boston for Thanksgiving , and driving up power prices in the Northeast. If you're going to be outside at all on Thanksgiving , dress in layers, the National Weather Service advises.
We have had an bad injury record with our defenders, and Emery has told us that we are still waiting for Monreal to return. First, our idea is to start with the Under-23s, but also, these two weeks training with us, I am looking at him.
On Sunday, the protest took place in Nadapanthal area of Sannidhanam and police have taken dozens of protestors in the custody. The heavy security had a single goal : preparing for the moment when women once barred from the temple might attempt to enter.
Heavy snows and strong winds moved through the region Sunday evening, causing unsafe travel conditions on a busy day on the roads. On Sunday, strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
The large home is reportedly set to undergo a big refurbishment to turn it from staff accommodation into a family residence. The Duke and US-born Duchess of Sussex will keep their country home in the Cotswolds while they reside in Windsor.
NASA scientists are freaking out over Mars rover landing
The suite of geophysical instruments on InSight sounds like a doctor's bag, giving Mars its first "checkup" since it formed. Due to a global dust storm, which only recently abated, dust has been redistributed over almost the entire surface of Mars.
Klopp hits back at Aguirre’s comments on Mohamed Salah
The first half was a grim affair, Watford perhaps marginally the more threatening team, but neither side found any fluency. With the demands on set-pieces, you need your own set-pieces, you need to work on the specific quality of the opponent'.
Riots in Argentina after Boca Juniors bus is attacked
The two teams drew 2-2 in the first match of the final series. "Because of the wind and the broken windows, it entered the bus". Argentinian football has a long history of violent incident which has resulted in away fans being banned from games.
Oil prices climb on prospect of OPEC and Russian cuts
According to recent data, U.S.is producing a record 11 million barrels of crude per day, up 18% since the start of this year. The contract fell as much as 7.7 per cent during the session to touch US$52.77 a barrel, the lowest since October 2017.