November 25, the border service of the Federal Security Service of Russia detained three Ukrainian warships, which, without warning, violated the sea border and made unsafe maneuvers in Russian waters.
Merkel said Germany had suggested - and Russian Federation agreed - that discussions about the dispute should continue at the advisor level in the four-way Normandy format that has sought to ease tensions between Ukraine and Russian Federation.
President Petro Poroshenko says Russian Federation has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine. "Russia must stick to this", she said. Russian Federation has already annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
Germany and France have sought to mediate between Russian Federation and Ukraine in recent years. Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russian Federation has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of global law.
Poroshenko said the move was meant to prevent undercover Russian military units from entering the country after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.
"In the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Aegean Sea, more than 80 ships and 8 submarines are on patrol - including 23 combat vessels and 6 submarines", he declared. Many in Ukraine and overseas have criticized the martial law order, noting that playing up the Russian threat is politically beneficial to Poroshenko, who faces re-election in March.
"The Kremlin is further testing the strength of the global order", Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko said in a speech at a military event earlier Saturday.
"The vast majority of (them) could not confirm they goal of their trip to Ukraine", Ukrainian border guard spokesman Andrei Demchenko told Ukrainian television on Saturday.