Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea

Moscow: Ukraine’s leader has called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region. President Petro Poroshen­ko says Russia has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine. He warns Russia intends to push further inland into Ukraine following last week’s naval clash between their forces in the Black Sea. Russia has already annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Poroshenko says “we need a strong, unified, unambiguous reaction to Russia’s aggressive behaviour.” He spoke on Sun­day in an interview publi­sh­ed by the German Funke Media Gro­up. Last week’s clash at sea has driven tensions bet­ween Russia and Ukraine to the­­ir hig­hest point since Mos­cow anne­xed Crimea in 2014.

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