Posted on November 26, 2018
Protesters gathered outside the Russian embassy in the capital Kiev and an embassy car was set on fire.
The incident in waters off the Crimean Peninsula marks a major escalation of tension between the two countries. The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting as a result.
Each country blames the other for the incident in which two gunboats and a tug were captured and a number of Ukrainian crew members injured. Later, about 150 people gathered outside the Russian embassy, some throwing flares. At least one car belonging to the embassy was set alight. “We gathered here today to protest against Russians over their actions today, over shooting of our military,” Oleksiy Ryabov told Reuters news agency. “We are very angry. We should have severed all diplomatic relations with this country a long time ago.” During a meeting of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, President Petro Poroshenko described the Russian actions as “unprovoked and crazy”. He said he would ask parliament on Monday to introduce martial law but stressed that this did not mean a “declaration of war”. “Ukraine does not plan to fight anyone,” he said. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian defence ministry announced that orders had been given to put the military on full combat readiness. Tensions rose recently in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov off the Crimean peninsula – annexed by Russia in 2014.