Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko responded again to the Georgian crisis stating, “We stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected leadership of Georgia. Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected.”
While Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree imposing new restrictions on Russia’s Black Sea fleet, which is based in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol.
The move ratcheted up tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which has given political support to Tbilisi during Russia’s military conflict with Georgia. However, the Ukrainian president’s decree will not apply to the ships of the Black SeaFleet currently off the coast of Georgia.