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The Wall Street Journal: Ukrainian President Poroshenko pushes for martial law after naval standoff with Russia

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Kerch Strait, highlighted on map, separates the Crimean Peninsula from Russia’s Krasnodar region. The strait joins the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea.

MOSCOW — Ukraine’s defense ministry put its troops on military alert Monday, a day after Russian forces fired on and detained three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, a move that threatened to reignite tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on parliament to approve his declaration of martial law for 30 days starting Wednesday. In a televised address, Poroshenko said the measure was necessary in order to prepare the country’s defenses in case of a full-scale invasion by Russian forces, which he said intelligence reports showed were gathering along the countries’ border.

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