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The USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Antietam (seen) conducted a routine transit to demonstrate US commitment "to a free and open Indo-Pacific," Colonel Rob Manning told reporters at a press briefing

Report: U.S. Warships to ‘Challenge’ Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

The U.S. Navy deployed its guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell near Russia-contested waters in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as it begun taking the necessary steps to sail a warship into the Black Sea, west of Russia, amid increased tensions in the wake of the Kremlin’s seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels.

A Russian navy landing vessel unloads an armored vehicle as a military helicopter flies overhead during Russian military maneuvers Vostok 2018 on the training ground "Klerk", about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Vladivostok, Russian Far East port, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The weeklong Vostok 2018 maneuvers are the …

Russia Holds Naval War Games, Missile Drills in Black Sea near Ukraine

Russia is holding naval war exercises and surface-to-air missile drills in the Black Sea region amid tensions with Ukraine and a U.S.-led alliance over the capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew off the coast of Moscow-annexed Crimea last month, the Kremlin’s defense ministry reportedly announced on Tuesday.

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The Ukrainian military has been on increased readiness as part of martial law introduced in the country in the wake of the Nov. 25, 2018 incident …

Ukraine to Take Russia to International Court over Crimea Ship Seizures

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced on Monday that his country has begun drafting a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a global tribunal open only to state actors, for the illegal seizure of Ukrainian ships at the mouth of the Sea of Azov in late November.

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Kremlin Insists Trump Will Hold ‘Impromptu’ Meeting with Putin

President Donald Trump on Thursday formally canceled his planned G-20 summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in response to Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships near Crimea last weekend, but the Kremlin insisted on Friday that Putin and Trump will have a “brief impromptu meeting” similar to Putin’s encounters with other summit attendees.

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Five Things to Watch For at the G-20 Summit

The G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday and Saturday could be the scene of a few momentous encounters as world leaders meet – or refuse to meet – and major strategic conflicts play out. Here are five things to watch for as the summit unfolds.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed the cooperation agreement between their countries in Manbij, which is held by a US-backed Kurdish militia that Turkey deems a terrorist group

Trump Ropes Turkey’s Erdogan into Russia-Ukraine Sea Dispute

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered himself as a potential mediator between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday after reportedly discussing tensions between the two countries with President Donald Trump this week.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak to soldiers during a visit to a military base in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2018. Russia and Ukraine traded blame after Russian border guards on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels and eventually seized them and their crews. The incident put …

Poroshenko Wants NATO Ships to Defend Ukraine Against Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave an interview to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Thursday in which he urged NATO to deploy warships in the Sea of Azov to forestall a possible Russian invasion of his country.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping meet in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. Xi Jinping arrived today in Moscow on his first foreign trip, to cement ties between the two countries by inking a raft of energy and investment accords. …

Chinese State Media Advises Ukraine to Cooperate with Russia

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday weighed in on the increasingly serious conflict between Russia and Ukraine, advising the Ukrainians their best interests lie in playing along with their huge, belligerent neighbor instead of counting on the Western world for rescue.

In this image taken from video released by the Russia's Federal Security Service taken from a Russian Coast Guard vessel purporting to show an incident between the Russian coast guard and a Ukrainian tugboat, in the Kerch Strait on Sunday Nov. 25, 2018. Russia said three Ukrainian vessels made an …

Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia Plans to ‘Dismember Ukraine’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday accused Russia of planning to “dismember” his country, beginning with the conquest of vital port cities along the Sea of Azov. Klimkin implied Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships this weekend was a sign the Russians are preparing to implement their dismemberment strategy.

A Ukraine army soldier stands on duty with his heavy machine gun at an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Ukrainian lawmakers were set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in the country on Monday following an incident in which Russian coast …

Five Key Elements of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The naval conflict this weekend between Russia and Ukraine was not a sudden development. Pressure has been building between the two nations for a long time, arguably even before Ukraine broke away from the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991.

TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Rescuers carry an injured victim of a blast at at a college in the city of Kerch on October 17, 2018. - Thirteen people were killed and 50 more wounded, most of them teenagers, after a blast tore into a college canteen in …

Russia-Annexed Crimea: Student Massacres 19, Wounds 50 at School

An 18-year-old allegedly massacred his fellow students with a shotgun on Wednesday at a vocational school in Crimea, the Ukrainian territory Russia annexed in 2014, killing 19 and injuring more than 50 others before committing suicide.