Kerch Strait incident in detail

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Ukraine's president declared martial law and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders gathered for emergency talks Monday, a day after a naval clash with Russian warships sparked one of the most serious military threats in the region in recent years.

Ukraine's Parliament approved martial law for a period of 30 days in regions most vulnerable to a potential Russian attack.

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has said martial law will be introduced in the entire territory of Ukraine starting from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28.

"[It's] an arrogant act that the global community must condemn", she added.

The escalating crisis came amid worldwide outrage over the incident in the Kerch Strait, with European Council President Donald Tusk condemning Russia's "use of force" and demanding it "return Ukrainian sailors, vessels and refrain from further provocations".

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said today at an emergency UN Security Council meeting that Russia's weekend seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea was "another reckless Russian escalation" and "is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act".

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The crisis unfolded on Sunday as two Ukrainian small warships and a tugboat were heading through the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway that gives access to the Sea of Azov that is used by Ukraine and Russian Federation.

"This is a very risky provocation, which requires particular attention and a special investigation", Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media.

The Ukrainian vessels apparently wanted to travel through the strait to other ports in Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned "this aggressive Russian action" in a statement calling for Russia to return the Ukrainian vessels and release the detained seamen.

The naval clash is the first time Russia and Ukraine have come into open conflict in recent years, although Ukrainian forces have been fighting Russian-backed separatists and Russian "volunteers" in the east since 2014. At the moment, they are heading at full speed in the direction of the Kerch Strait to the zone where provocation was organized by the Ukrainian side.

The Kerch Strait is the only passage into the Sea of Azov beyond it.

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"We now have no indication that events in the Sea of Azov might affect the mission or the security of CAF personnel", the department said in a statement.

In statements reported by state media, the Russian FSB, the Federal Security Service, dismissed Ukraine's charges and said the Ukrainian ships had carried out a "provocation" by violating Russia's territorial waters.

The developments are seen as a Russian strategy to block Ukraine from the Azov Sea and worldwide shipping, and from transforming it into a military outpost.

"Once again, we see Russian contempt for worldwide norms and Ukrainian sovereignty", British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter, calling for the release of the Ukrainian soldiers and a restoration of movement through the Kerch Strait.

"We do not like what´s happening", said Trump, adding that "hopefully it will get straightened out".

Kiev is also strengthened by the knowledge that most Western governments, especially Washington, lean towards Ukraine and are liable to view Russia's version of events with some scepticism.

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The crisis began earlier on Sunday after Russian Federation stopped the three Ukrainian ships from entering the Sea of Azov by placing a cargo ship beneath the bridge. Kiev has accused Moscow of blocking access for Ukrainian ships though the strait, the only way in and out of the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea.