Ukraine Says Russia Partially Unblocked Its Azov Sea Ports

Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria condemns Russia’s seizure of ships

Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria condemns Russia’s seizure of ships

The Pentagon has requested that the State Department inform Turkey of the possible action, CNN reported Wednesday, citing three anonymous officials.

The officials CNN spoke to said the plans to possibly sail a warship into the Black Sea are in response to Russia's actions.

"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with global laws and norms", he said.

Savchenko became a national hero in Ukraine after she was captured by Russia-backed rebels during fighting in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and ended up in a Russian prison. The drill came as Kiev has accused Moscow of planning to seize two of its strategic port cities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has expressed its strong protest to the Russian Federation in connection with the armed attack and capture of the Ukrainian navy ships Berdyansk, Nikopol and the tug boat Yana Kapu and 23 crew members.

The possible move comes in response to a naval incident in the Kerch Strait on November 25 when three Ukrainian Navy ships entered Russian territorial waters in violation of worldwide law.

Ukraine said Russian Federation had partially restored access to its ports on the Azov Sea following months of disruption and a week after its navy was sacked on by its neighbor.

In a tit-for-tat, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has forbidden Russian male citizens aged 16 to 60 from entering the country.

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin", Trump tweeted from Air Force One en route to Argentina.

Russian Federation is still stopping vessels to inspect them, he said Tuesday in a statement on the ministry's website.

Ukraine says Russian Federation had blocked traffic around the Kerch Strait, but Russian Federation says the passage has been operating as usual, except for weather-related delays.

According to CNN, the last USA ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October.

Under the rules of the treaty, ships of non-riparian countries can not remain in the Black Sea for more than 21 days.

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