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>Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have escalated after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and their crews in the Kerch strait separating Crimea from the Russian mainland.
>The Russian foreign ministry accused Kiev of coordinating with the US and the EU in a “planned provocation” aimed at securing further anti-Moscow sanctions as the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, asked parliament to impose martial law.
>The UN security council held an emergency session on the crisis on Monday but could not even agree on the agenda. A Russian agenda phrased in a way that implied Ukrainian culpability was voted down, so the Russian deputy ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, refused to take part in the scheduled debate which followed.
I suppose the Russian government would prefer it if the Ukrainians began dragging their ships over land, Werner Herzog style, whenever they wanted to get back to port.