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Lieutenant-general Sergiy Nayev commander of the operation against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine observes from his helicopter military drills near Urzuf village not far from the city of Mariupol

Ukraine on Friday limited entry for Russian men age 16 to 60 after Moscow seized three of its ships in a sea confrontation last weekend, the head of the country´s border service said.

The country has banned Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from entering Ukraine so they can't form "private armies". "We discussed this subject with both sides". "The text of the Tomos to grant the Ukrainian church independence has been approved".

"As far as Ukraine is concerned - not the state itself, but mostly Pyotr Poroshenko, who is now ruling the country - it is just horrifying to talk about tit-for-tat responses", Zakharova said.

The Russian coastguard opened fire and then captured the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Azov Sea and the Black Sea. Russian RT television on Friday broadcast footage of a convoy of massive vehicles carrying long-range Bal anti-ship missiles moving toward Kerch, near the area where the naval incident occurred.

Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, claiming its ethnic Russian majority was under threat from the Ukrainian government.

Russian Federation claims that the Ukrainians violated its border while Ukraine insists its ships were acting in line with worldwide maritime rules.

Trump announced Thursday on Twitter he would not be meeting Putin because "the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation".

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman would not comment directly on Mr Poroshenko's request, but stressed that "since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has substantially increased its presence in the Black Sea".

But Erdogan has always sought to emphasise the importance of Turkey's traditionally strong relations with Ukraine, even as Kiev and Moscow remain at loggerheads.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Ukrainian and Russian presidents should engage directly to resolve their recent confrontation.

Ukrainian vessels, including warships, would have to notify Russian authorities before passing beneath the Kerch Strait Bridge into the Sea of Azov to reach their major port of Mariupol.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko chairs a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv, Ukraine, Nov. 26, 2018.

In 2014, Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms infiltrated Crimea, taking control of Ukrainian ships and military bases on the peninsula as Moscow insisted its forces were not involved.

Russian Federation has backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed more than 10,300 people since April 2014.

"Not a single country in the world except us would spend the entire day running after those madmen in its territorial waters, calling them, asking who they were and trying to stop them", she said.

After the naval skirmish, Poroshenko, supported by a majority in the parliament declared 30 days of martial law in regions bordering Russian Federation. The rogue vessels were blocked by Russian border guard ships, rammed, shot at and eventually seized.

The U.S. Senate has passed a measure which "strongly condemns" Russia's attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait - and called on the president to do likewise.

A detained Ukrainian sailor - one of 24 now detained by Russian authorities - is escorted to a auto after a court hearing in Simferopol, Crimea, on Wednesday.

Ukraine's foreign ministry sent Moscow a diplomatic note in protest at the "illegal" detentions.

Poroshenko said martial law will help "strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities amid increasing aggression and according to global law, a cold act of aggression by the Russian Federation".

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