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Haley Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Russian Firing on Ukrainian Ships

  • Says Russia makes Trump’s desire for better ties ‘impossible’
  • Haley’s comments break a day of U.S. silence over crisis
Nikki Haley speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations on Nov. 26, 2018.

Nikki Haley speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations on Nov. 26, 2018.

Photographer: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

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Ambassador Nikki Haley broke a day of U.S. silence over a flare-up of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, joining other United Nations Security Council members in condemning Russia for firing on Ukrainian ships near Crimea but suggesting the Trump administration won’t toughen sanctions.

Addressing an emergency meeting of the council on Monday, Haley called Russia’s actions an “outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory” and part of a broader pattern of bad behavior by Moscow. At the same time, she underscored that the U.S. believes it’s the job of the “Normandy Four” -- Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia -- to resolve the crisis.