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Poroshenko, Stoltenberg hold phone conversation, urgent session of Ukraine-NATO commission appointed

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the proposal to impose martial law today
14:17, 26 November 2018

Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held the phone conversation, as spokesperson of the president Sviatoslav Tseholko reported on Facebook.

“The president has begun the phone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg,” Tseholko wrote.

Related: Three Ukrainian sailors from vessels seized in Azov Sea in stable condition

Later the press service of the Ukrainian president reported that Poroshenko and Stoltenberg agreed on the urgent convening of the extraordinary session of Ukraine-NATO commission due to Azov crisis.

“Poroshenko and Stoltenberg agreed on the urgent convene of the extraordinary session of Ukraine-NATO commission due to the aggression of Russia,” the message said.

Related: Russian media reveal names of three wounded Ukrainian sailors, detained in Sea of Azov

It is noted that the Ukrainian president and NATO Secretary-General discussed the threats to the regional security in the result of the unpredictable actions of Russia.

Petro Poroshenko urged to strengthen the international pressure on Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels.

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As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

Kyiv demands from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them are in the critical condition.

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As we reported, Kyiv urgently convened the UN Security Council because of the aggravation in Azov Sea. The Russians shelled and seized the vessels of the Ukrainian Naval Forces “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu”, which passed from Odesa (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov), moving through Kerch Strait. The state of 23 Ukrainian sailors is unknown.

Russian authorities said that three Ukrainian warships in the Sea of Azov illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait. 

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The boats of the Russian Border Guard Service opened fire on the ship group of the Ukrainian Navy, which was moving towards the exit from the Kerch Strait. 

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

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