Contents tagged with Azov Sea

  • Ukrainian Navy Commander: conflict with Russia in Black Sea is highly probable

    During “Freedom of speech” program on ICTV, Ukrainian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko said that Russia may resort to escalation in the Black Sea.

    Ukraine recently stated that it intends to establish a naval base in the Sea of Azov due to Russia's hostile activities in the region. Voronchenko believes that the situation in the Black Sea could become as tense as the situation in the Sea of Azov.

    “They [Russia] are already questioning the crews when ships flying our flag or other …

  • Ukrainian border guards hold exercises in the Sea of Azov

    Divisions of the Donetsk state border guard units from the Ukrainian Joint Forces continued to perform security and defense tasks on the coast of the Sea of Azov, reported the press center of the the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) on Facebook. 

    "In accordance with the order of the commander of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Naiev,  border guard  divisions, acting as part of the mobile anti airborne groups, work on improving professional skills of servicemen and …

  • Ukrainian Navy Commander: Situation in the Sea of Azov is very tense

    Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko stated that the situation in the Sea of Azov remains tense, Interfax Ukraine reports.

    “From the military point of view, the situation in the Sea of Azov is very tense at the moment. As already stated by the State Border Service, there are about 120 (Ukrainian) ships and boats but only 36 of them have weapons and can operate or serve the ships. Only 24 are equipped with enough weapons. We are increasing our efforts. We have transferred a …

  • Ukrainian officer: Ukraine should take decisive steps to regain the Sea of Azov

    First Deputy Chairman of the Union of Officers of Ukraine, First Rank Captain Yevhen Lupakov called for more decisive actions to ensure navigation safety in the Sea amid the rising tensions with Russia.

    The first step, in his opinion, should be the termination of the agreement on the joint use of the Azov Sea.

    He also implied other measures, among which are the determination of the Ukrainian maritime border, and the conduct of the missile and artillery exercises with the participation of NATO …

  • Two more Russian warships enter the Azov Sea

    On October 24, Russia brought two more military ships to the Azov Sea with a third on the way, stated the Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Petro Tsyhykal during the Lviv Forum on security issues, Ukrinform reports. 

    “Yesterday, two patrol boats, the Syktyvkar and the Kizlyar were brought to Azov Port via Russia's inland waters and now they are in the waters of the Azov Sea," he said. He also said that the towing of another ship, the Steregushchiy started today. "According to our …

  • NATO concerned over Russia's actions in the Sea of Azov

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the countries members of the Alliance are alarmed by Russia’s "destabilizing" behavior in the Sea of Azov. According to Radio Liberty, Stoltenberg assured that NATO is keeping an eye on this issue.

    The NATO Secretary General said that Russia's actions in the Sea of Azov follow a pattern of a behavior model that Moscow has been demonstrating for a long time.

    According to Stoltenberg, this model includes Russia’s annexation of the Crimea as well …

  • Mogherini: European Union will never recognize annexation of Crimea

    While speaking before the deputies of the European Parliament during the hearings on the situation in the Azov Sea , High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, assured that the European Union would never recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

     “I am grateful to the European Parliament for focusing their attention on the situation in the Black Sea after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. We do not recognize [now] and …

  • EU may impose sanctions on Russia because of its actions in Sea of Azov

    European Parliament says that Russia’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov are unacceptable and could lead to the escalation of a new conflict in Europe. The European legislative body is thus calling for additional sanctions to be imposed on Russia, Ukrinform reports.

    The overwhelming majority of participants in debates in European Parliament on the topic consider Russia’s actions unacceptable.

    “Russia’s violations of international law are not something new. But the attempt to annex the Sea …

  • Ukraine sends 'most powerful' patrol ship to the Azov Sea

    One of the most powerful ships of the Ukrainian Fleet, the project 205P border patrol boat, the BG32 Donbas returns to the Azov Sea after repairs. The Tysk information portal reported on Facebook that the ship will ensure security amid tensions with Russian Navy.

    The ship underwent extensive upgrade. It was repainted, protectors were installed on the bottom part of the hull, and maintenance was performed on its propellers, steering mechanisms, cooling systems and other systems.

    The boat is …

  • Kyiv: Fewer foreign ships enter Crimean ports

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons reports that the number of foreign ships entering the ports of the annexed Crimea has decreased since the beginning of this year.

    “A total of 1207 cargo ships and tankers entered the ports and coastal areas of the occupied Crimea from August 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018,” said the ministry, adding that this refers to vessels equipped with automatic identification systems.

    According to the report, 98 …