Ukraine-Russia sea clash staged, says Putin

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He spoke after Russian forces seized 3 of Kiev's ships off the coast of Crimea on Sunday, November 25, and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors.

Amid anger and concern among Western governments and at the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump said he may cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina later this week.

Merkley argued that Trump should not meet with Putin while his presidential campaign team remains under investigation for alleged collusion with the Russian government. Putin said it was a deliberate move by Poroshenko to use as a "pretext" to implement martial law in parts of eastern Ukraine - which was put in place on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian navy says Russian ships fired on and seized three of its artillery ships Sunday as they were sailing from Black Sea port city of Odessa to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.

The two leaders' last meeting in Finland in July ended in a weird press conference in which Trump appeared to accept Putin's denials of Russian interference in U.S. elections, prompting widespread criticism from across the political spectrum back home and increased scrutiny on the upcoming talks in Buenos Aires.

President Proeshenko has claimed Russia's military activity and tank deployments have "dramatically increased" along Ukraine's borders.

"They have nothing else to do", Putin said during a business forum in Moscow. "They're not thrilled. We're all working on it together", he said.

In response, the Ukrainian government called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council and later implemented limited martial law across coastal regions of Ukraine, as well as those bordering Russian Federation on land.

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Russia's Southern Military District spokesman Vadim Astafyev told Interfax on Wednesday that a fourth S-400 battalion would soon be deployed in Crimea.

State-run news agency RIA said the system will be operational by the end of the year.

The Russian military is boosting the defense of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles in the wake of the weekend standoff with Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea.

"I don't think he should meet one-on-one, and it's [for] a list of reasons", the senator said.

He said leaders of the two countries have agreed on another option. "We still don't know what was said at that meeting", he explained.

The comments were Mr Trump's strongest to date in condemnation of Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, where tensions are flaring.

"Perhaps we can break through in Buenos Aires or not", he said. He added that European leaders were working on the situation.

A court in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, on Tuesday ordered the other 15 Ukrainian sailors to be detained for two months pending a possible trial. "What they are saying now is not true", he told Ukrainian media.

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