European defence and military officials say there is no prospect of direct military action to confront Russia’s attack on Ukrainian naval vessels near the Sea of Azov, despite an appeal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for the allies to send ships there. However, other military options and policy decisions could be on the table, they said.
Russian naval forces attacked and captured three Ukrainian vessels on 25 November as they tried to enter the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea via the narrow Kerch Strait, across which Russia has constructed a bridge to the Crimean peninsula it seized from Kiev in March 2014.
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