Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to moderate his counterpart Petro Poroshenko and to use its influence with the government in Kiev to hold as of the “further ill-considered actions”. This conversation between Putin and Merkel said the Kremlin after a telephone. Thus, Putin described the Situation as a “provocative actions” of the Ukrainian side, as well 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”.

On the weekend, the Russian coast guard patrol had boats of the Ukrainian Navy, the transit in the Strait of Kerch in front of the annexed Peninsula of Crimea refused and three Ukrainian ships fired, and then in your command. The Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced that from Wednesday for 30 days of the laws of war should apply. The Parliament approved this measure in the evening, with a large majority.

investigation by experts of the two countries

As government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel stressed in a telephone conversation with Putin, “the need for de-escalation and dialogue”. Both had also discussed “the Option of an analysis of the incident with the participation of Russian and Ukrainian border guard experts”. They had agreed “to stay in close contact”. Earlier, Merkel had on the phone with the Ukrainian President.

The Situation in Ukraine

Russia-controlled areas

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Petro Poroshenko condemned the Russian action in turn as an aggressive military act, and the international community to punish Russia asked. So far, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Denmark, and Canada did not want to go, however, the brand she markets all of the events prior to the Crimea as Russian Aggression. The EU Commission has called Russia’s behaviour is unacceptable.

Strait of Kerch, a new location of the conflict

With the incidents in the Kerch Strait in the year escalated a long conflict between the Ukraine and Russia. The relations between the governments in Kiev and Moscow are distraught, since the spring of 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula. In addition, the Kremlin is supposed to support up to today, the Pro-Russian fighters in Eastern Ukraine, is active. The separatists fighting there since 2014 against the government in Kiev, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far.

The Kerch Strait is here for both Moscow as well as Kiev is of great importance. The Strait is the only connection between the Black sea and to the North of the Azov sea. This body of water to the North-East of the Crimea has been in development for months, and the further the scene of the conflict of the two neighboring countries. To him, the Pro-Russian separatists controlled the industrial area of Donbass, and the port city of Mariupol, among other things, the last Kiev-controlled major city in the East of Ukraine and an important industrial location.

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