US to boost financing for Ukraine navy after Russian attack

A command ship of the Ukrainian Navy of Donbas is seen in the Azov Sea port of Mariupol Ukraine

A command ship of the Ukrainian Navy of Donbas is seen in the Azov Sea port of Mariupol Ukraine

In 2014, Russian Federation annexed Crimea partly in response to the country's efforts to join the transatlantic military alliance, kick-starting a war that has so far claimed 10,000 lives.

Ukraine will send warships back to its Azov Sea ports again, a security official said on Wednesday, despite Russia's seizure of three navy vessels and their crew in the area last month.

Gavin Williamson today said Britain sent a Royal Navy ship to the Black Sea help Ukraine stand up to Putin's Russian Federation.

While in Odesa the Defence Secretary also gained an insight into the personal cost Russia's actions have wreaked on the people of Ukraine when he met with families of the detained servicemen.

The UK is a steadfast partner to Ukraine as it faces continued illegal acts of aggression against its sovereignty.

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It will be followed by other warships as part of a more constant British presence, he said.

The UN General Assembly says it is disturbed by the fact since 2014, the Russian authorities have used torture to obtain fake evidence in politically motivated prosecutions, including with the case of Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov.

But on Friday, Mr Williamson said the Black Sea does not belong to Russian Federation. Putin has said that the incident was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law, suspending voting rights, ahead of Ukraine's presidential election since Poroshenko's popularity ahead of the vote was low.

The United States and the European Union have called for the release of the sailors, who are in pretrial detention in Moscow.

Moscow has described the Royal Navy vessel - which is used to collect data about the ocean - as a spy ship.

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