U.S. calls Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships a ‘dangerous escalation’


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels represents “a dangerous escalation and a violation of international law,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday in a statement that called for restraint from both countries.

Ukraine imposed martial law on Monday for 30 days after Russia seized two small Ukrainian artillery vessels and a tug boat and detained their crews over the weekend. The top U.S. diplomat condemned Russia’s actions and called for Moscow to return the vessels.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by David Alexander

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