Ukraine ports 'partially unblocked' by Russia, Kiev says

Russia massing troops, weapons at Ukraine border – Kiev

Russia massing troops, weapons at Ukraine border – Kiev

Kiev says the Russian forces opened fire on its vessels after they had turned around and were heading away from the strait into the open wars of the Black Sea. 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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said it was "too early" to return the Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors that Moscow captured last week, The Guardian reported.

In the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, Ukrainian border guard spokesman Artem Polyakov said tensions in the area were boiling.

Her meeting with Putin in Argentina took place a week after Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members in a clash in the Kerch Strait, an important shipping channel that links the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had resumed grain shipments from the Azov Sea, blocked for around 10 days after a military standoff with Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait off Crimea.

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Shipping traffic has resumed to and from Ukraine's ports on the Sea of Azov, says a Ukrainian minister while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilising Ukraine.

Omelyan, who accused Russian Federation last week of blocking the Strait for Ukrainian cargoes, said Tuesday that the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol have been "partially unblocked" thanks to a "stern worldwide response".

The Ukrainian vessels and their 24 crew members were arrested by Russian Federation after failing to respond to a demand to stop.

An analysis by the Bellingcat investigative journalism agency suggests that the Ukrainian vessels may have been in Russian territorial waters at the time the tugboat was rammed, but under a 2003 agreement, Ukrainian ships had right of access through the strait.

Stoltenberg added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have helped modernize Ukraine's armed forces and have boosted their presence in the Black Sea over the past year.

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Ukrainian tanks unload in Mariupol trade port in Mariupol, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

Ukraine and Russian Federation have blamed each other for the naval incident that further escalated the tug-of-war that began in 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and supported separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

"During the first day of the meeting, its participants will address issues relating to the situation in the Sea of Azov, the state of transatlantic security and NATO's engagement in the South", the Polish foreign ministry said on it website.

President Petro Poroshenko says Russian Federation has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine.

Poroshenko said Monday that some reservists will be summoned for training as part of martial law.

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

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