Ukraine imposes martial law as Russia tensions escalate

2018-11-30 02:09:57 GMT2018-11-30 10:09:57(Beijing Time) Sina English

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an act imposing martial law in border regions Wednesday as mounting tensions over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships saw President Trump threaten to cancel talks with Vladimir Putin.

Poroshenko’s spokesman confirmed he had signed the act, which introduces martial law for 30 days in 10 regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea and the Azov Sea.

The move came after Poroshenko warned of a buildup of Russian forces near Ukraine’s borders, escalating the most dangerous crisis in years between the ex-Soviet neighbors.

Western governments have accused Russia of acting illegally in seizing the three ships, and Trump has said he was considering canceling planned talks with Putin at this week’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Trump said he would make a final decision after hearing a report from national security advisers on this weekend’s incident.

“That will be very determinative,” Trump told the Washington Post on Tuesday. “Maybe I won’t have the meeting.”

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