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Ukraine Declares Martial Law over Russian Naval Attack

HeadlineNov 27, 2018

Ukraine has declared martial law in parts of the country following Russia’s attack on three Ukrainian ships on Sunday. The bill passed in Ukraine’s parliament Monday gives President Petro Poroshenko extensive powers, as tensions with Russia are at their highest since Russia’s invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. In response to the crisis, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting of the Security Council, calling it “yet another reckless Russian escalation” and “no way for a law-abiding civilized nation to act.” President Trump said he was “Not happy about it at all” but refused to condemn Russia’s actions. Trump is planning to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 later this week, over the objections of many U.S. lawmakers. Trump’s last meeting with Putin, in Helsinki last June, was held off the record, with only a pair of translators allowed into the closed-door session.

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