Ukraine lawmakers approve martial law in areas near Russia

Ukraine’s parliament voted Monday to declare martial law in parts of the country that border Russia after Russian forces fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait near Crimea.

President Petro Poroshenko requested the vote. Lawmakers said the “partial mobilization” they ordered, effective Wednesday, would last a month.

The two sides are now on a war footing for the first time since just after Russian special forces occupied Crimea in 2014. Criticism of Russia over the Sunday incident, which left several Ukrainian sailors wounded, mounted at the United Nations Security Council, where U.S.

Ambassador Nikki Haley said “the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia, but outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible.”

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