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Kremlin denies Ukrainian allegations of Russian aggression

Kremlin denies Ukrainian allegations of Russian aggression

Frolov said that against the troops of naval forces of Ukraine was applied the RAM small Ukrainian tugboat "Yana Kapu" Russian ship "don" of the Border Department of the FSB.

Poroshenko said Monday that some reservists will be summoned for training as part of martial law and some military units will be redeployed. The Kremlin has repeatedly claimed that upcoming elections in Ukraine are the reason behind the Ukrainian president's accusations, arguing that the leader wants to distract from his low polling numbers.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been tense in recent years after Russian-backed separatists annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

"The Berdiansk and Mariupol ports have been partially unblocked", as of 3 December, Interfax-Ukraine quotes Omelyan as saying.

Recently captured Ukrainian sailors have been sent to Moscow to face charges of illegal border crossing.

He also commented on Poroshenko's statement that he could not reach Russian President Vladimir Putin during and after the Kerch Strait incident on November 25, when Russian forces shot and seized three Ukrainian naval ships citing their violation of the Russian border in the Black Sea.

The Kremlin has called the naval incident a provocation meant to shore up Poroshenko's sagging popularity.

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Before the clash in the Black Sea, the government in Kiev had accused Russian Federation of stopping cargo ships going to and from the two ports, which are in the Sea of Azov, shared by both states. According to a Ukrainian official, Russians have reversed the closure of the Kerch Strait, more than a week after opening fire on three Ukrainian ships and taking dozens of sailors hostage. "It must also allow freedom of navigation and unhindered access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov".

The foreign ministers discussed the standoff but did not agree any concrete new measures to help Ukraine.

Ukraine on Tuesday pressed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to come up with a "comprehensive answer" to Russian aggression in the Black Sea, as the alliance treads carefully for fear of escalating tensions further.

General Viktor Muzhenko says the presence of Russian T-62 M tanks stationed 11 miles from the Ukrainian border had more than doubled to 250 from 93 machines within the space of two weeks.

The lawyer also said that the Federal security service has still not responded to the statement with the request to call the investigator on the case.

He added that Ukraine expects to complete the building of a military base on the Azov Sea, which had been planned before the navy clash, by next year.