Russian secret service arrests Ukrainian diplomats

Amid mounting tensions between Russia and the Ukraine has the Russian domestic intelligence service FSB According to a media report, a Ukrainian diplomat was arrested in Saint Petersburg. The consul is accused of trying to get secret information from the databases of the Russian law enforcement authorities, reported the Interfax news agency, citing the FSB.

An opinion of the Ukraine is not yet available. The tension in the conflict between the government in Kiev and from Russia supported separatists in eastern Ukraine have recently increased. According to Ukrainian information, Russia has gathered more than 40.000 soldiers at the border.

Russia sends warships into the Black Sea

In addition, Russia has apparently sent 15 warships for a maneuver in the Black Sea. According to the Interfax agency, the navy said they had passed the Kerch Strait on the Crimean peninsula on Saturday. How long the exercises will last has not yet been stated. Previously they had United States After complaints from Russia, the sending of two warships into the Black Sea was canceled, according to Turkish statements.

On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that because of the maneuvers, certain sea areas in the Crimea should take months be locked. Shipping on the strait is not affected, it said. Nevertheless, there was criticism from the EU, Born and Ukraine in the actions of Russia. A senior EU official spoke of an "extremely worrying development."

"We don't see any preparations for an attack"

Because of a Russian troop deployment not far from the Ukrainian border, international concerns about an escalation are growing. Parts of the areas have been in place for almost seven years Donetsk and Luhansk along the Russian border controlled by separatists loyal to Moscow. According to UN estimates, more than 13.000 people were killed in the fighting. A peace plan agreed in 2015 with Franco-German mediation is on hold.

However, the head of the Ukrainian military operation, Sergei Naev, indicated that he did not expect a new war. "We don't see any preparations for an attack there," he said on Saturday night on Ukrainian television. "In fact, field hospitals have been set up." All units are in camps, on firing ranges. "In military language we speak of a demonstration of strength."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj had on Friday with the French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel advise on the impending escalation. They expressed concern about the Russian troop deployment along the Ukrainian border and shouted Moscow to a deduction.