Ukrainian officials accused Russia's military of opening fire on and seizing several Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula on November 25 in an apparent escalation of tensions. The only waterway that connects the two is the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russian Federation.
Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, defended its actions, saying the Ukrainian warships sailed into its territorial waters and were carrying out "dangerous maneuvers", the Tass news service reported, citing the FSB.
According to latest news and as of 1500 UTC Nov 25, Kerch Strait is closed for all shipping, meaning that all Azov sea ports, both Ukrainian and Russian, are blocked.
Russia's construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait - the entrance to the Azov Sea - limited ship traffic to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, an important freight hub.
"I've chose to support the Military Cabinet's proposal, introduce a relevant motion to the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine] and submit it to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine's parliament]", he said at a NSDC meeting in Kyiv in the early hours of Monday, November 26.
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday after Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote on Twitter.
Likely to be declared the legal regime of martial law in connection with the Russian aggression in the sea of Azov and the attacks on Ukrainian ships.
The Ukrainian navy said on social media that six sailors had been wounded in the subsequent seizure of its ships which appear to have been rammed and boarded.
In September, the Ukrainian navy complained about "acts of provocation" by Russian border guards against its ships taking the same route.
A tanker under the bridge shut all navigation from and into the Sea of Azov.
We will remind, the United Nations, the tires at the Embassy and the criminal case: a chronicle of the Russian attack in the sea of Azov. A number of Ukrainian crew members were reportedly injured.
Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov include strategically vital centers such as Mariupol, the closest government-controlled city to Donetsk and Luhansk, the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, said in a Facebook post that Ukraine was employing "the methods of banditry".
The confrontation at sea is a unsafe development in the long-running conflict pitting Ukraine against Russia and Russian-backed rebels in the east of the country.
"What is happening now at the [Kerch] bridge threatens to become a very unpleasant story", said Kiselyov, one of the Kremlin's main propagandists.