Trump: Mexican soldiers used confrontation with US troops as diversion

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Mexican soldiers “recently pulled guns” on American troops near the southern border, and accused the soldiers of “probably” doing so as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers. We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. The confrontation between Mexican soldiers and U.S. troops happened April 13 on American territory. It was first made public by Newsweek, which reported that Mexican soldiers detained and sear


President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Mexican soldiers “recently pulled guns” on American troops near the southern border, and accused the soldiers of “probably” doing so as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers. We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. The confrontation between Mexican soldiers and U.S. troops happened April 13 on American territory. It was first made public by Newsweek, which reported that Mexican soldiers detained and sear
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Trump: Mexican soldiers used confrontation with US troops as diversion

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Mexican soldiers “recently pulled guns” on American troops near the southern border, and accused the soldiers of “probably” doing so as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers.

“Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. “Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”

The confrontation between Mexican soldiers and U.S. troops happened April 13 on American territory. It was first made public by Newsweek, which reported that Mexican soldiers detained and searched the Americans briefly at gunpoint, thinking they were still in Mexico after mistakenly crossing into the United States.

In a press release issued Wednesday, Mexico’s foreign affairs ministry wrote that the incident was not out of the ordinary. Both governments, it said, were in contact throughout the situation.

“After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area,” a spokesperson for the Pentagon told the outlet. “The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.”


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Suspect arrested in shooting that leaves at least 3 dead in Dutch city of Utrecht

A suspect has been arrested in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left at least 3 people dead, according to authorities. The Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has since claimed that three people have been killed with nine more injured. “The police asks you to watch out for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis (born in Turkey) in connection with this morning’s incident,” Dutch police said in a statement. Earlier, the head of Dutch counter-terrorism said shots had been fired at several locations, wit


A suspect has been arrested in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left at least 3 people dead, according to authorities. The Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has since claimed that three people have been killed with nine more injured. “The police asks you to watch out for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis (born in Turkey) in connection with this morning’s incident,” Dutch police said in a statement. Earlier, the head of Dutch counter-terrorism said shots had been fired at several locations, wit
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Suspect arrested in shooting that leaves at least 3 dead in Dutch city of Utrecht

A suspect has been arrested in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left at least 3 people dead, according to authorities.

Dutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people on a tram Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

The Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has since claimed that three people have been killed with nine more injured.

Authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht province, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure, and also at mosques.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks, saying he was deeply concerned about the incident, which came three days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

“The police asks you to watch out for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis (born in Turkey) in connection with this morning’s incident,” Dutch police said in a statement.

They issued an image of the man and warned the public not to approach him. They gave no further details.

Earlier, the head of Dutch counter-terrorism said shots had been fired at several locations, without elaborating. Counter-terrorism units surrounded a house in Utrecht, Dutch television showed, but no one appeared to have been arrested.

“A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts. What we already know is that a culprit is at large,” Counter-Terrorism Agency head Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news conference.

Aalbersberg, who said the shooting “appears to be a terrorist attack”, declined to comment on the number of injured or on their condition and did not confirm any deaths.


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Elon Musk asks Pentagon for his security clearance back during review of pot-smoking incident

As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person described the process as “normal.” “Anyone with a security clearance would go through this investigation process in the same way,” the person said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Marijuana use is prohibited for someone with a government security clearance. Additionally, the review of Musk’s clearance has not had an impact on SpaceX operations, a person familiar with the company’s operations told CNBC. In


As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person described the process as “normal.” “Anyone with a security clearance would go through this investigation process in the same way,” the person said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Marijuana use is prohibited for someone with a government security clearance. Additionally, the review of Musk’s clearance has not had an impact on SpaceX operations, a person familiar with the company’s operations told CNBC. In
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Elon Musk asks Pentagon for his security clearance back during review of pot-smoking incident

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Defense to request his security clearance be reinstated, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told CNBC.

Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla, refiled security form SF-86, the person said, following his apparent use of pot on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast last year, which the U.S. Air Force began looking into in September.

As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person described the process as “normal.”

“Anyone with a security clearance would go through this investigation process in the same way,” the person said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Marijuana use is prohibited for someone with a government security clearance. Bloomberg first reported Musk’s refiling on Thursday. In September, an Air Force spokesperson told CNBC the branch would “need time to determine the facts and the appropriate process to handle the situation.”

SpaceX has launched multiple national security missions for the U.S. government. Additionally, the review of Musk’s clearance has not had an impact on SpaceX operations, a person familiar with the company’s operations told CNBC.

In December, Musk’s company launched its first of nine National Security Space Launch missions for the U.S. Air Force. The nine launch contracts represent over $770 million for SpaceX.

“For privacy and security reasons, we do not publicly discuss individual clearance status,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Audricia Harris said in a statement to CNBC.

SpaceX declined to comment.


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Elon Musk asks Pentagon for his security clearance back during review of pot-smoking incident

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Defense to request his security clearance be reinstated, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told CNBC. Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla, refiled security form SF-86, the person said, following his apparent use of pot on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast last year, which the U.S. Air Force began looking into in September. As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person


SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Defense to request his security clearance be reinstated, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told CNBC. Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla, refiled security form SF-86, the person said, following his apparent use of pot on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast last year, which the U.S. Air Force began looking into in September. As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person
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Elon Musk asks Pentagon for his security clearance back during review of pot-smoking incident

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Defense to request his security clearance be reinstated, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told CNBC.

Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla, refiled security form SF-86, the person said, following his apparent use of pot on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast last year, which the U.S. Air Force began looking into in September.

As the Pentagon’s investigation of Musk’s security clearance continues, the person described the process as “normal.”

“Anyone with a security clearance would go through this investigation process in the same way,” the person said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


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Jussie Smollett charged with felony for alleged false report of hate-crime attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack in Chicago, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney office. Guglielmi told NBC News that the investigation into the alleged attack has demanded “considerable” police resources. Investigators had discovered that the brothers had purchased the rope used in the alleged attack. Smollett has told police he was on the phone with his manag


“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack in Chicago, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney office. Guglielmi told NBC News that the investigation into the alleged attack has demanded “considerable” police resources. Investigators had discovered that the brothers had purchased the rope used in the alleged attack. Smollett has told police he was on the phone with his manag
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Jussie Smollett charged with felony for alleged false report of hate-crime attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack in Chicago, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney office.

Smollett is charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report with the Chicago Police Department on Jan. 29 in which he claimed he was assaulted by two masked men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs.

The actor, 36, who is black and gay, also said his attackers poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

Smollett is expected in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told NBC News earlier Wednesday that Smollett’s attorneys had talked with prosecutors in the morning.

Police investigated the reported attack as a “possible hate crime,” and some celebrities, including “Empire” cast members, and gay-rights advocates flocked to social media to express their support for Smollett.

But some other social media users began to question his claims when police said they were not able to find video of the incident after going through a plethora of footage from many surveillance cameras in the affluent Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, where the attack allegedly occurred.

Guglielmi told NBC News that the investigation into the alleged attack has demanded “considerable” police resources. He said that at one point the department had 12 detectives scouring surveillance videos.

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On Jan. 30, police released pictures from a surveillance camera located near where Smollett said he was attacked that showed two men who police said were “potential persons of interest.”

The two men were taken into custody on Feb. 13 and questioned. They were released two days later, on Friday, without charges. Police said the two, who are brothers, were no longer suspects in the case and were cooperating in the probe.

On Saturday, a police source said the probe had shifted into whether the actor had paid the two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, to stage an assault. Investigators had discovered that the brothers had purchased the rope used in the alleged attack.

Guglielmi said then that investigators wanted to have another interview with Smollett.

Smollett didn’t talk to police on Monday or Tuesday. However, Ola and Abel Osundairo met with police and prosecutors at a criminal court building on Tuesday, according to police spokesman Tom Ahern.

That same afternoon, police investigated, and then discounted, a tip they received that Smollett was seen with the Osundairo brothers on the night of the attack.

Also on Tuesday, the chief prosecutor in the Chicago area, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, recused herself from the case “based upon familiarity with potential witnesses,” a spokesperson for Foxx’s office said in an email.

“Shortly after the incident occurred in late January, State’s Attorney Foxx had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns, and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department who were investigating the incident,” spokesman Robert Foley said Wednesday.

Foxx’s first assistant prosecutor, Joe Magats, will handle the case.

Smollett has told police he was on the phone with his manager during the alleged attack, and the manager said he heard the attackers say, “This is MAGA country.” The actor refused to hand over his cellphone to police, but later gave investigators a PDF file containing a limited list of his calls.

Police said the manager, Brandon Moore, is not a suspect but is rather a “cooperating witness.

Choreographer Frank Gatson, who made the 911 call about the alleged incident to police, is also considered a “cooperating witness,” police said.

On Wednesday, Fox refuted a TMZ story claiming Smollett’s scenes on the show were “getting slashed” from nine to four.

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement.

Fox had no comment after police announced Smollett was a suspect Wednesday.

In his first interview about the incident last week, the actor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was angry about the alleged attack and that people were doubting him.

“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more, and that says a lot about the place we are in our country right now,” Smollett said.


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Mongolia to suspend KFC outlets for inquiry after food poisoning reports

A Mongolian regulator said it will suspend operations at KFC restaurants temporarily to conduct inquiries, as 42 people were hospitalized and hundreds showed food poisoning symptoms after eating at one of the outlets of the fast-food chain. The Zaisan restaurant has already been shut for checks, an official at the agency told Reuters on Tuesday. Ganbat Danzanbaatar, general manager of KFC Mongolia, said apart from the Zaisan outlet, all KFC restaurants were open. “KFC Mongolia is cooperating ful


A Mongolian regulator said it will suspend operations at KFC restaurants temporarily to conduct inquiries, as 42 people were hospitalized and hundreds showed food poisoning symptoms after eating at one of the outlets of the fast-food chain. The Zaisan restaurant has already been shut for checks, an official at the agency told Reuters on Tuesday. Ganbat Danzanbaatar, general manager of KFC Mongolia, said apart from the Zaisan outlet, all KFC restaurants were open. “KFC Mongolia is cooperating ful
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Mongolia to suspend KFC outlets for inquiry after food poisoning reports

A Mongolian regulator said it will suspend operations at KFC restaurants temporarily to conduct inquiries, as 42 people were hospitalized and hundreds showed food poisoning symptoms after eating at one of the outlets of the fast-food chain.

The incident occurred at the Zaisan outlet in Ulaanbaatar last week due to its contaminated water supply, the city’s Metropolitan Professional Inspection Agency said, adding that 247 people had reported symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

The Zaisan restaurant has already been shut for checks, an official at the agency told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We will carry out inspections for the other KFC branches from Feb. 18-21 and suspend their operations when we do the inspections,” the official added. The regulator had previously said it had suspended all the local KFC outlets.

KFC, which is part of Yum Brands Inc, has at least 11 restaurants in the country, according to its website.

Ganbat Danzanbaatar, general manager of KFC Mongolia, said apart from the Zaisan outlet, all KFC restaurants were open.

KFC opened its first restaurant in Mongolia in 2013 and all its restaurants are in the capital. They are operated by its franchise partner, Mongolian conglomerate Tavan Bogd Group.

“We deeply regret the negative impact that many people have suffered, especially to our guests of the Zaisan restaurant, and we are working to support our team members and customers during this difficult time,” a KFC Global spokeswoman told Reuters.

“KFC Mongolia is cooperating fully with the government’s investigation and recommendations around addressing the source of the incident. This includes a thorough investigation of all KFC Mongolia restaurants, and specifically into determining the exact cause of the reported incident,” she said in an email.

Tavan Bogd apologized in a separate statement, saying the incident had happened due to weak internal quality checks and that daily standards and rules were poorly implemented.


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Vehicle ploughs into New Year’s crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday. He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said. The incident happened shortly after midnight local time on Monday in the popular tourist area of Harajuku, near Meiji Shrine, in central Tokyo. The suspect fled from the scene and assaulted a passerby before he was captured 20 minutes


At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday. He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said. The incident happened shortly after midnight local time on Monday in the popular tourist area of Harajuku, near Meiji Shrine, in central Tokyo. The suspect fled from the scene and assaulted a passerby before he was captured 20 minutes
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Vehicle ploughs into New Year's crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said the driver had been detained and national broadcaster NHK said the man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said.

NHK said the suspect had initially described the incident as an “act of terror” but later said the attack was in retaliation for capital punishment.

The incident happened shortly after midnight local time on Monday in the popular tourist area of Harajuku, near Meiji Shrine, in central Tokyo.

“I can’t believe it, this is a place I’m familiar with, so it’s very shocking,” said Tatsuhiro Yaegashi, a 27-year-old worker in the area.

The street was closed to vehicles at the time of the incident to accommodate the large number of pedestrians making their way to the shrine for New Year’s prayers.

TV pictures of the scene on Tuesday showed a grey colored light vehicle used in the attack, positioned across the street.

The front of the vehicle was badly damaged and dozens of police and rescue officials were at the scene.

The suspect fled from the scene and assaulted a passerby before he was captured 20 minutes later, NHK said. About 20 liters of kerosene were found in the vehicle.

“I learned about the incident later. But I shudder to think. If the incident had happened five minutes later, I would’ve been involved,” a woman who walked past the scene shortly after the incident told NHK.

In a similar attack in 2008, a man who said he was tired of life drove a rental truck into a crowd of pedestrians in Tokyo before jumping out and stabbing several people. At least seven people were killed and a dozen injured.


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Five US Marines missing after aircraft crash into sea off Japan

Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan on Thursday, in what U.S. officials said may have been a refueling exercise gone wrong. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns. The Marine Corps said in a statement the incident occurred around 2 a.m. local time in Japan (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles off the Japanese coast. The two aircraft


Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan on Thursday, in what U.S. officials said may have been a refueling exercise gone wrong. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns. The Marine Corps said in a statement the incident occurred around 2 a.m. local time in Japan (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles off the Japanese coast. The two aircraft
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Five US Marines missing after aircraft crash into sea off Japan

Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan on Thursday, in what U.S. officials said may have been a refueling exercise gone wrong.

Japan’s defense ministry said its maritime forces had so far found two of the seven Marines who were aboard the aircraft — an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and KC-130 Hercules — at the time of the incident.

One was in a stable condition at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, while the second had been found about 10 hours after the collision and brought aboard a Japanese military vessel, the ministry said. No other details about the second Marine were known, a ministry spokesman said.

Search and rescue efforts for the remaining five continued.

The incident adds to a growing list of U.S. military aviation accidents around the world in recent years, prompting hearings in Congress to address the rise.

The Military Times reported earlier this year that aviation accidents jumped nearly 40 percent from fiscal years 2013 to 2017. At least 133 service members were killed in those incidents, it said.

U.S. military accidents are a sensitive topic in Japan, particularly for residents of the southern prefecture of Okinawa, which is home to the bulk of the U.S. presence in the country. A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns.

“The incident is regrettable, but our focus at the moment is on search and rescue,” Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference. “Japan will respond appropriately once the details of the incident are uncovered.”

The Marine Corps said in a statement the incident occurred around 2 a.m. local time in Japan (1700 GMT Wednesday) about 200 miles off the Japanese coast.

The two aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a “mishap,” the Marine Corps said.

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the incident. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it occurred during a refueling exercise.

Officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity were unsure precisely how the mishap occurred but none suspected foul play. An investigation has begun.


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Putin says Ukraine provoked Russia into ship seizure as part of a ‘dirty game’

Ukraine is responsible for provoking a dispute with Russia in which the federation seized several Ukrainian ships on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. “This is a dirty game within the country (Ukraine),” Putin said, addressing an audience of business people and investors at VTB Bank’s ‘Russia Calling’ investment forum in Moscow. “It is a provocation initiated by the current authorities, and I think by the (Ukrainian) president, in light of the upcoming elections to be held


Ukraine is responsible for provoking a dispute with Russia in which the federation seized several Ukrainian ships on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. “This is a dirty game within the country (Ukraine),” Putin said, addressing an audience of business people and investors at VTB Bank’s ‘Russia Calling’ investment forum in Moscow. “It is a provocation initiated by the current authorities, and I think by the (Ukrainian) president, in light of the upcoming elections to be held
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Putin says Ukraine provoked Russia into ship seizure as part of a 'dirty game'

Ukraine is responsible for provoking a dispute with Russia in which the federation seized several Ukrainian ships on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

“This is a dirty game within the country (Ukraine),” Putin said, addressing an audience of business people and investors at VTB Bank’s ‘Russia Calling’ investment forum in Moscow.

“It is a provocation initiated by the current authorities, and I think by the (Ukrainian) president, in light of the upcoming elections to be held next year… The incident in the Black Sea happened, it is a border incident, no more,” he said. Ukraine had used the incident as a pretext to introduce martial law, he said.

Putin’s comments come after Russia ramped up its dispute with Ukraine on Sunday when it seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their crew members in the Kerch Strait, a channel of water that links the Sea of Azov and Black Sea and one that’s crucial for both nations’ economies.

Ukraine said the incident was an “act of aggression,” while Russia said the ships had entered its territorial waters illegally, an allegation Putin repeated. Both sides accuse the other of violating the conditions of a 2003 treaty that enshrines free access to the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov.

Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s action was “undoubtedly a provocation” designed to boost Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s popularity ratings ahead of a presidential election in March 2019.

Russia is still laboring under international sanctions for its 2014 annexation of Crimea and role (which it denies) in a pro-Russian uprising in the east of Ukraine the same year. Those sanctions, which target Russian individuals, entities and sectors separately, could be extended beyond the current expiry dates in 2019.

On Tuesday, Poroshenko warned that Russia would face serious consequences if it attacks Ukraine, telling NBC News that Moscow would pay a “huge price” if it did so.


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Ukraine accuses Russia of firing on some of its ships in an incident on the Black Sea

Earlier Sunday, Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over another incident involving the same three vessels, prompting Moscow to block passage through the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian vessels apparently wanted to travel through the strait to other ports in Ukraine, and Ukrainian authorities said they had given advance notice to the Russians. “Russian coast guard vessels … carried out openly aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships,” the Ukrainian navy statement said. It said a Russian c


Earlier Sunday, Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over another incident involving the same three vessels, prompting Moscow to block passage through the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian vessels apparently wanted to travel through the strait to other ports in Ukraine, and Ukrainian authorities said they had given advance notice to the Russians. “Russian coast guard vessels … carried out openly aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships,” the Ukrainian navy statement said. It said a Russian c
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Ukraine accuses Russia of firing on some of its ships in an incident on the Black Sea

The Ukrainian navy said Sunday that Russia’s coast guard opened fire on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea following a tense standoff off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, wounding two crew members.

Russia didn’t immediately comment on the claims. Ukraine’s navy said that two of its vessels were struck and that Russian coast guard crews boarded them and a tugboat and seized them.

There have been growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has steadily worked to increase its zone of control around the peninsula.

Earlier Sunday, Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over another incident involving the same three vessels, prompting Moscow to block passage through the Kerch Strait.

The Ukrainian vessels apparently wanted to travel through the strait to other ports in Ukraine, and Ukrainian authorities said they had given advance notice to the Russians.

The tensions began Sunday morning. Russia’s coast guard said that the three Ukrainian vessels made an unauthorized crossing through Russian territorial waters, while Ukraine alleged that one of its boats was rammed by a Russian coast guard vessel.

The Kerch Strait is a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland.

The incident began after the Ukrainian navy claimed a Russian coast guard vessel rammed one of its tugboats, which was traveling with two Ukrainian navy artillery boats from Odessa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, via the Kerch Strait.

“Russian coast guard vessels … carried out openly aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships,” the Ukrainian navy statement said. It said a Russian coast guard ship damaged the tugboat’s engine, hull, side railing and a lifeboat.

The statement added that Russia had been informed in advance about the planned journey.

Russia then blocked off the strait.

The Kerch Strait is the only passage into the Sea of Azov beyond it. The strait is crossed by the recently completed Kerch Bridge, connecting Crimea to Russia. Transit under the bridge has been blocked by a tanker ship, and dozens of cargo ships awaiting passage are stuck.

Russia has not given any indication of how long it will keep the strait blocked off, but a long-term closure to civilian traffic would amount to an economic blockade of Ukrainian cities on the Azov coast. And Russia’s Black Sea Fleet greatly outmatches the Ukrainian navy.

Ukrainian cities on the Sea of Azov include strategically vital centers such as Mariupol — the closest government-controlled city to Donetsk and Luhansk, the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, told Russian news agencies Sunday after the first incident that the Ukrainian ships held their course and violated Russian territorial waters. The FSB accused the Ukrainian navy of staging a provocation against Russia.

“Their goal is clear,” an FSB statement said — “to create a conflict situation in the region.” The statement didn’t mention ramming a Ukrainian tugboat.

Though a 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters, Russia has been asserting greater control over the passage since 2015.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in an earlier statement that Russia’s actions were a violation of the U.N. Charter and international law, and pledged to “promptly inform our partners about Russia’s aggressive actions.”

“Such actions pose a threat to the security of all states in the Black Sea region,” the statement said, “and therefore require a clear response from the international community.”

Dmitry Kiselyov, a commentator on the state-controlled Rossiya channel, told viewers of his Sunday evening news program that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — encouraged by the U.S. — is looking to pick a fight with Russia in the Black Sea.

The talk show host also said that the U.S. talked Poroshenko into staging a provocation against Russia as a means to disrupt the upcoming meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at this week’s Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

“What is happening now at the (Kerch) bridge threatens to turn into a very unpleasant story,” Kiselyov warned.


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