Ukrainian Military on Full Alert for Possible War With Russia

Jun 2013
6,342
USA
#1
This morning, Russia cut off the Kerch strait and refused to allow Ukrainian naval vessels to pass through. Civilian merchant shipping was also blocked off, effectively creating a blockade. Ukraine claimed they had already given notice, so they attempted to move through anyway, resulting in open fire. The Ukrainian president is currently meeting with his war cabinet as Ukrainian forces are on full alert.

https://www.rt.com/news/444841-kerch-strait-blocked-russia-ukraine/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...fca6fcf610c_story.html?utm_term=.bb85315daf36

 

Valens

Ad Honorem
Feb 2014
8,260
Colonia Valensiana
#6
The hotheads in Kiev should try to cool down instead of whipping up anti-Russian hysteria. I know the regime is under pressure from extremists to escalate the tensions but they should, for once, think about their own people, not their semi-private feuds and narrow interests.
 
Oct 2011
7,654
MARE PACIFICVM
#8
Why were the Russians preventing Ukrainian traffic in the first place? Looking at the map, this straight looks absolutely vital for Ukrainian national and commercial interests in it's east. If the Russians mean to prevent Ukrainian traffic from passing there in the long term this conflict will never end.
 
Apr 2012
1,009
The Netherlands
#9
The hotheads in Kiev should try to cool down instead of whipping up anti-Russian hysteria. I know the regime is under pressure from extremists to escalate the tensions but they should, for once, think about their own people, not their semi-private feuds and narrow interests.
But why are the ones in Kiev the ones who need to calm down? According to the article its Russia who's blocking Ukrainian ships. Why can Russia escalate and why can't Ukraine respond to it without it being hysteria? Why aren't the ones blocking straits the hotheads?

Even if Ukrainian ships sailed too far into Russia's border than a blockade seems a tad much.
 

Valens

Ad Honorem
Feb 2014
8,260
Colonia Valensiana
#10
Ukraine sent its military ships through the strait Russia considers its territorial waters. We can now go into interpreting international law, determining whether Crimea is a part of Russia or not. The fact remains Crimea is de facto part of Russia which, therefore sees the move of Ukrainian ships a violation of its territory.
This is hardly the first incident between the two countries. Kiev has been behaving very provocatively, to put it mildly, during the past few years. When you try to escalate tensions with a powerful neighbor whom you openly declare to be your enemy and whose people you persecute this is what's going to happen.
Russia is not innocent but should we expect them to behave any different? What would happen if the Chinese sent warships to Taiwanese waters?