In the crisis in Ukraine has rejected Russia of a push by Germany and France. The calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, on the release of Ukrainian sailors to be unacceptable, the Russian foreign Ministry on Saturday on its website.

Merkel and Macron had on Friday stressed in a joint statement, the human rights situation on the Russian-annexed Crimea and the use of military violence by Russia in the Kerch Strait is very disturbing.

Russian border guard ships had at 25. November three Ukrainian marine boats applied at the entrance to the sea of Azov and seized. The crews were imprisoned. Ukraine said a military Aggression. Russia said, the Ukrainian vessels had illegally entered Russian territorial waters.

on Land, the border will be sealed: On the Russian Peninsula of Crimea annexed has been an approximately 60-kilometre-long fence on the border with Ukraine is built. It was necessary, in order to protect the population against the government in Kiev, of the you can expect everything, – said the speaker of the Crimean Parliament, the Russian news Agency Ria Novosti on Friday. The border fence in the North of the Peninsula will increase the level of security significantly.

Russia had annexed the Crimea in 2014. The EU sees this as a violation of international law and insists on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

fire break shortly after the beginning again

But this is not the only conflict between Moscow and Kiev, in which no progress is apparent. Also, the end of the year agreed on a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine between government soldiers and Pro-Russian separatists is not respected. A few hours after the start of the ceasefire, both sides threw themselves on Saturday each other’s fire.

According to the separatists, the Ukrainian army deployed in the territory of Donetsk to lunch firearms. Agencies in Kiev reported that the separatists had shot near the rebel stronghold of Horlivka with grenade launchers on the positions of the government soldiers. In the attack, no casualties.

the parties to The conflict had agreed, under the mediation of the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Thursday on the cease-fire over the Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January should apply. An assessment of the OSCE on the current situation and a possible collapse of the agreement was not first.

again and again were days in the past few years, to a celebration or even for the start of School weapons agreed to rest. About two dozen such agreements that failed after just a few hours. A 2015 negotiated peace plan that provides for the permanent cessation of armed violence, is on the ice.

Fighting in Eastern Ukraine between Moscow-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army have been killed, according to the census the United Nations since 2014, more than 10,000 people.

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