The Russian church has severed its links with Bartholomew I to protest granting independence to the Ukrainian church.
About it reports "Interfax-Ukraine" with reference to the press service of the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova. It also has prompted global concern and renewed Western criticism of Russian Federation, with the USA and its allies expressing support for Ukraine.
The travel ban is aimed to stop "private armies" or Russian-backed separatists who in the past have formed units in disputed areas in Ukraine's east.
On Monday, Poroshenko declared martial law in response to the latest naval incident, citing fears that Russian Federation was planning further military action.
Ukraine also appears to have blocked all foreigners, including Russians, from travelling through the country to Crimea.
Further along the coast, the media are treated to a show of the strength that Ukraine's military has mustered in the last four years, a display of attack helicopters strafing an empty field, and anti-aircraft guns shooting a flare over the Azov coast.
He told Bild newspaper in an interview published Thursday that there needs to be increased pressure on Moscow, including stopping the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is being built under the Baltic Sea and would bypass Ukraine to deliver gas directly to Germany. Ukrainian authorities sought to portray the Russian Orthodox clerics in Ukraine as supporting separatists.
The crew members were then captured - 24 in total - and have now been given two months in pre-trial detention.
But Moscow accuses Kiev of illegally entering its waters off Crimea, which it claims since annexing the peninsula in 2014. Putin noted that two Ukrainian Security Service officers were among the crew and were effectively in charge of the operation.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships violated a treaty between the two countries and showed that Moscow can not be trusted.
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He says he's heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with U.S. tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana. Four agents were hit with rocks, but due to their protective gear they were not seriously injured, McAleenan said.
President Poroshenko said the global community must not accept Russia's aggressive policy, in an interview with German newspaper Bild.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she thought there was no military solution to the crisis. But the military alliance, which Ukraine one day hopes to join, has stopped short of offering to deploy new forces in the area to deter Russian Federation.
On Sunday, three Ukrainian naval ships attempting to sail through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov were attacked and seized by Russian forces, which believed that the ships breached the Russian border.
"After Crimea and Donbass, the Azov sea is becoming Ukraine's third front line which could destabilise Ukranian-Russia relations but also Europe security as a whole".
Erdogan made the comments early Thursday, hours after he held separate telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. "We discussed this subject with both sides".
Poroshenko told Bild he also wanted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also condemned what he called the "aggressive Russian action".
On November 25, two Ukrainian gunboats, together with a tug, attempted to cross from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, where Ukraine controls two major port cities-Mariupol and Berdyansk.