Russia Plans To Deploy More S-400 Missiles To Disputed Crimea Peninsula

Wednesday's announcement came with Moscow and Kiev embroiled in their biggest crisis in years, after Russian border patrol boats seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the coast of Crimea on Sunday.

"We do not like what's happening, either way, we don't like what's happening and hopefully it will get straightened out", he said, hours after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned Russia for their "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" that marked "yet another reckless Russian escalation".

It is the first time that Putin has commented on the incident near Russia-occupied Crimea on Sunday that raised the spectre of a full-blown conflict between the two neighbours.

Kurt Volker, the US special envoy to Ukraine, told reporters in Berlin that Washington sees no reason to doubt the information from Kiev that its vessels were operating in line with worldwide maritime rules.

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, November 27, warned of the threat of "full-scale war" and said Russian Federation had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbors.

Three Ukrainian ships are seen as they docked after been seized, in Kerch, Crimea, November 25, 2018.

The strait is the only route for ships traveling between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, where Ukraine has several ports.

Russia's Defense Ministry has said it will deploy new S-400 surface-to-air missile systems on the Crimean peninsula as tensions flared in the region this week following Moscow's claims that three Ukrainian vessels had violated its territorial waters near the Kerch strait.

Ukraine introduced martial law in parts of the country after the seizure of its ships saying it feared a possible Russian invasion.

He said yesterday that Russian tanks were massing on the country's border, but gave no further... The fracture in the Western alliance sets the stage for tense exchanges when European, US, and Russian leaders meet at a G20 summit in Argentina later this week.

Ukraine has imposed martial law in response to the armed confrontation, which it says is another in a string of acts of aggression.

He said the White House report would be "very determinative". "Maybe I won't have the meeting".

"Everything depends on the accounts of events and the actions of both sides".

He also appealed for the quick release of the captured sailors, who've been given custodial sentences, saying they had clearly been forced to make confessions and should be treated as prisoners of war.

On Tuesday, a court in Crimea ordered 12 of the 24 apprehended sailors to be detained for two months. He said the Ukrainian vessels had clearly been in the wrong.

  • Rogelio Becker