Martial Law Declared in New Conflict

A conflict broke out between Ukraine and Russia when the Russian Navy opened fire on Ukrainian vessels. Mirror reports:

Ukraine’s president has signed a decree to introduce martial law after Russia opened fire on and captured three of Kiev’s naval vessels and their crew off the disputed territory of Crimea.

If lawmakers approve the decree, a state of martial law will be in place until January 25

Ukraine has moved its military to full combat readiness, and demanded the release of the 23 captured sailors after Vladimir Putin’s forces “attacked” the vessels, injuring several Ukrainian sailors, and blocked the Kerch Strait.

The major escalation in tensions between the former Soviet republics has sparked fears that a new war could erupt.

This could mean the resumption of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, and greater instability in NATO’s Eastern region.

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