Macron, Merkel demand release of 24 Ukranian sailors captured by Russian troops

Macron, Merkel demand release of 24 Ukranian sailors captured by Russian troops

Macron, Merkel demand release of 24 Ukranian sailors captured by Russian troops

Kiev has imposed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation since then.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday announced a ban on Ukrainian products in retaliation to similar measures Ukraine had adopted in an escalation of tension between the two countries.

"Russia is introducing an import ban on a range of Ukrainian goods", Medvedev tweeted, adding that it was a retaliatory measure to Ukraine's sanctions. The products to be banned included chocolate, wheat and beer as well as sunflower oil, bread, jam, children's nappies and wine, the government said in a statement.

Russian Federation and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014, when Russian Federation annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum.

In a statement reported by Russian news agencies, the Border Directorate said the 60-kilometer-long barrier was equipped with sensors and CCTV cameras.

This was the initiative of Ukraine's Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that started with Russia's annexation of Crimea escalated November 25 when the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

Following the capture of the sailors and their vessels, Kiev has urged its Western allies to consider further sanctions against Moscow.

Since Nov. 1, Russian Federation has slapped two rounds of economic sanctions against about 600 Ukrainian entities and individuals, including senior officials and business tycoons.

"Russia will continue to resolutely protect its sovereignty and deter provocations", the ministry said.

Ukraine has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization challenging the Russian trade curbs on its beverages and candies.

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