Are Ukrainians anxious Russian Federation might invade?

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Trump Cancels G-20 Summit Meeting with Putin over Attack on Ukrainian Ships AFP29 Nov 2018

Putin said the incident, which ended in Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships and Kiev imposing a partial martial law in the country, was a "dirty game" by Poroshenko, who needs to suppress his political opponents ahead of the March presidential election.

Poroshenko had earlier said that he attempted to speak with Putin by phone, but the Russian leader refused to take his call.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Russia's action shows it can not be counted on to keep its word.

"He had to do something to make the situation more tense", Mr Putin told an investment forum on Wednesday. "It was, I think, a cavalier use of a force that injured Ukrainian sailors", he told reporters at the Pentagon.

President Putin has lashed at Ukraine over its imposition of martial law, depicting it as a cynical pre-election ploy by the country's unpopular president while also mocking western countries over their "short-sighted" support for Kiev.

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News of missile deployments to Crimea come just a couple of days after a serious naval clash between Russian Federation and Ukraine on Sunday in the Sea of Azov, which is shared territorial waters under a 2003 treaty signed by the two countries. Major fighting ended with a 2015 ceasefire but deadly exchanges of fire are still frequent.

Over the last year, the two countries have levied a series of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of imports from one another, with the latest round of United States duties set to go into force in the new year.

While Russian forces occupied Crimea before the takeover and are heavily involved in the war in eastern Ukraine, according to Kyiv and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the clash in the Black Sea near Crimea was the first case in which Russia has acknowledged its military or law enforcement forces have fired on Ukrainians.

Vadim Astafyev, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district, was cited by Russian news agencies on Wednesday as saying that a new battalion of S-400 missiles would be delivered to Crimea soon and become operational by the end of the year.

The new deployment would allow it to increase its air defense coverage area.

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Later on Wednesday a Crimean court is due to order the detention of nine of the 24 captured Ukrainian sailors - including senior Ukrainian naval officers and at least one member of Ukraine's SBU intelligence agency.

Mattis made his comments on Ukraine to reporters following remarks to a closed-door Senate session on a proposed resolution that would cut off USA support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cancel planned talks with Putin at this week's G20 summit in Buenos Aires over the incident. Twenty-four sailors were detained and "courts" in Russian-occupied Crimea ruled that they be detained for two months, pending trial.

It said the vessels had ignored calls to stop, sparking military action.

"There is no justification for Russia's use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel", read NATO's joint statement, issued on the evening of November 27.

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