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Ukrainian armed forces on alert after Black Sea standoff with Russia

Kiev / Ukraine has put its armed forces on alert after a surge in tensions with Russia over an incident involving vessels from the two countries off Crimea, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

“Following the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine concerning the implementation of the martial law, the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has ordered to place the AFU units on full alert,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced overnight that he would ask parliament to approve a state of emergency after three of its navy vessels were captured by the Russian coastguard off Crimea on Sunday.

In another statement, the Security Service of Ukraine said it has put its troops on alert to prevent provocation by Russian special services on Ukrainian territory.

The Foreign Ministry in Kiev called for the immediate return of the crewmen on the Ukrainian vessels and called on all its allies and partners to take necessary measures to contain Russia.

Around midnight, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed having held the Ukrainian boats while they were carrying out dangerous maneuvers in Russian waters, which Kiev denied.

The FSB also admitted to having opened fire on the Ukrainian boats to force them to stop, and added that the coastguard attended to the injured crew and that their lives were not in danger.

The Russian coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels, the Ukrainian navy said in a statement on Facebook. Up to six sailors were injured in the incident, it added.

The United Nations Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on the issue on Monday. (November 26, 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

 

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En la noticia se dice que...  
A
Rusia y Ucrania anunciaron un acuerdo.
B
ningún buque ruso realizó un ataque.
C
buques rusos y ucranianos se enfrentaron.
Question 2
Según el texto, los barcos ucranianos...  
A
obtuvieron el permiso de Rusia para cruzar un estrecho.
B
no tenían permiso para cruzar el estrecho de Kerch.
C
negaron a los rusos cruzar el estrecho de Kerch. 
Question 3
Cuando los rusos atacaron, los barcos ucranianos...  
A
volvieron a puerto rápidamente.
B
cambiaron su ruta.
C
continuaron su ruta.
Question 4
El paso del estrecho de Kerch...  
A
continúa bloqueado.
B
nunca ha estado cerrado.
C
estuvo bloqueado durante un tiempo.
Question 5
Según el vídeo, el Día de la Victoria soviética...    
A
no se celebra desde hace 9 años.
B
se celebra todos los años.
C
se celebra cada 9 años.
Question 6
Según el vídeo,  la sociedad se muestra dividida.    
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Para nada.
B
No se sabe.
C
Así es.
Question 7
En el vídeo, una mujer afirma que...    
A
no hay ningún ucraniano en ese acto.
B
no hay ningún ruso en ese acto.
C
solo los ucranianos acuden a ese acto.
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En el texto, 'enzarzar' es...  
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'pelearse'.
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'plantar zarzas'.
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'pacificar'.
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Lo contrario de 'agresiva' es...  
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'pacífica'.
B
'atacante'.
C
'violenta'.
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Si una nave 'embiste' a otra...  
A
la golpea.
B
la esquiva.
C
la socorre.
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En la noticia, 'lancha' es...  
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una embarcación.
B
un cuerpo de seguridad.
C
una roca.
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