PressTV-UK reaffirms support for Ukraine against Russia

The UK has reaffirmed its support for Ukraine in the face of “Russian aggression,” as Moscow and Kiev continue to trade barbs over political and territorial disputes.

“The UK is a steadfast partner to Ukraine as it faces continued illegal acts of aggression against its sovereignty,” British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, on a visit to Odessa on Friday.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated earlier this year after Ukraine seized two Russian ships for port calls on Crimea, which rejoined Russia in a 2014 referendum.

The move prompted Russia to increase patrols in the Sea of Azov to guarantee free navigation for its ships.

The issue took a turn for worse last month, when Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea.

The Sea of Azov is a strategic ocean route linked to the Black Sea by the narrow Strait of Kerch, where Russia has built a bridge…

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