Ukraine for­eign min­is­ter de­mands sailors’ re­lease by Rus­sia

Journal Pioneer - - WORLD -

MINSK, Be­larus — The Ukrainian par­lia­ment on Thurs­day voted to with­draw from a wide-rang­ing treaty on friend­ship with Rus­sia, the lat­est step in es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween the two neigh­bours.

The Supreme Rada over­whelm­ingly sup­ported a mo­tion by Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko not to pro­long the treaty when it comes up for re­newal in April. The cam­ou­flage-clad pres­i­dent on Thurs­day vis­ited an air base to an­nounce an up­com­ing dis­patch of troops to the Rus­sian bor­der.

The long-sim­mer­ing con­flict be­tween Rus­sia and Ukraine that started with Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in 2014 spilled into the open Nov. 25 when the Rus­sian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval ves­sels and their crews.

The sea­men are still in Rus­sian cap­tiv­ity.

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