The new Ukrainian naval base that will be created in Berdyansk on the Azov Sea coast will initially use a trade port infrastructure instead of a strictly military one, stated People’s Deputy Ivan Vinnik, 112 Ukraine reports. He noted that the General Staff has already approved the deployment of the new base.
“For now, a trade port infrastructure will be used but, in the future, it will develop for military use. Possibly, additional quays will also be constructed, etc.,” he said.
Ukraine has recently been reinforcing its presence in the Azov Sea, transferring armored boats there and increasing personnel. It is highly likely that the Russian Federation had not anticipated this move.
According to the sources, during the voyage of the Ukrainian ships to the Azov sea, Russia maintained an intimidating, even provocative presence, with helicopters and fighter aircraft flying over the Ukrainian ships.