Kiev – Ukraine decides martial law, The Ukrainian Parliament has approved the imposition of martial law for 30 days. Russian border boats had shelled three Ukrainian warships and seized. © Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP/dpa

As a reaction to the confrontation with Russia in the Black sea, the Ukrainian Parliament agreed to impose the laws of war. With the vote, the members responded to the request of President Petro Poroshenko. For the design of 276 of the nominally voted 450 members, 30 voted. To apply the laws of war on Wednesday for 30 days. It is limited to the Russian border regions of Ukraine and the black sea coast.

Before the conflict between Ukraine and Russia was escalated by an incident in the Black sea. However, there are different views about what is happening on the weekend before the Crimea.

Ukraine accuses Russia, two of its ships on Sunday in the Kerch Strait shot at and to have a tug hijacked. Six sailors had been injured. Previously Russia had blocked the narrow sea with a Tanker and the Ukrainian East coast from the Black sea cut off. From Russia to the speech, however, was of a Ukrainian provocation: The three ships would have crossed without the permission of the Russian territorial waters. They had been towed into the Russian port of Kerch. Three slightly injured Ukrainians have received medical assistance. Then the Ukrainian Navy, in turn, said Russia was in advance about the planned trip of the three ships from Odessa to Mariupol informed.

In a phone call from Angela Merkel and the Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin on Monday evening, Putin asked the Chancellor, on the Ukrainian leadership to act, “not to take any further rash steps,” as the Russian news Agency Tass reported. Putin also spoke of “provocative actions” of the Ukrainian side, and described the incident as a “gross violation of international Law by the war vessels” and “intended the rules of peaceful Passage, Ignore the territorial waters of the Russian Federation”.

the fact is: Both sides are accusing the violation of international Law. The incident not only Russia and the Ukraine. In the UN security Council and at a meeting of the members of Nato, Russia’s action was condemned.

Federal government urges restraint

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting with Poroshenko, Nato support included the sovereignty of Ukraine, “your full shipping rights in their territorial waters under international law”.

The Situation in Ukraine

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The Foreign service of the EU referred to the recent developments in the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine as unacceptable and Russia called for the immediate release of the arrested sailors. From the point of view of the EU Russia would have to allow all ships to pass freely through the Strait of Kerch travel, said a spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

the Federal government Also called for restraint and de-escalation. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: “The developments around the sea of Azov are of great concern. It is not acceptable that there is a Blockade by Russia.” Maas brought the possibility into the game that Germany and France could arise in the case as a mediator.

France announced, meanwhile, that there is no evidence to suggest that the violence was due to Russia’s relatively. All the captured Ukrainian soldiers should be released immediately, calling on the French government.

United States criticize “Russian aggression”

criticism of Russia’s behavior came even from the United States. The developments from the weekend represented a “dangerous escalation and a violation of international Law,” said US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday said in a statement. “The United States condemns this aggressive Russian action.” Pompeo called on Russia, the ships return and the arrested crew members. Moscow must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The Kerch Strait is the only sea access to the sea of Azov. Both are defined in an agreement from 2003 as a joint territorial waters. However, Russia has controlled since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, both sides of the Strait, and aims to include the supervision of the Kerch Strait.

A permanent Blockade through the Ukrainian port would be cities on the Northern coast of the Azov sea from the Black sea to cut off. These include the strategically important Mariupol – the city under Kiev control, which is the Pro-Russian rebel-dominated cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

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