Contents tagged with Azov Sea

  • Volker: US ready to help Ukraine with weapons due to situation in Azov Sea

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Deutsche Welle in an interview that Washington is concerned by the situation developing in the Sea of Azov, and is prepared to continue supplying Ukraine with weapons in connection with this.

    According to Volker, Russia has drastically increased its military ship presence in the region, and is inspecting the ships passing by “in an aggressive manner”.

    “This is another cause for concern. But we have the overall feeling …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces strengthen their presence in the Azov Sea

    Ukraine reinforced the presence of its Armed Forces along the Azov Sea coast, as stated on Facebook by the Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Serhiy Popko.

    "In response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Azov Sea, based on the decision of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we will reinforce the deployed forces, including ground forces, in the direction of the Azov Sea,” he wrote. "To this end, we are taking measures to ensure the full control of the situation in the …

  • Ukraine starts deploying artillery boats to the Azov Sea

    Ukraine has begun deploying artillery boats to the Azov Sea, reports Ukrainian Military Portal, citing sources in the General Staff and Naval Forces Command.

    On September 8, a truck carrying a small armored artillery boat belonging to the Ukrainian Navy was spotted in Berdyansk.

    Earlier, it was reported that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to deploy a naval detachment in the Azov Sea and plans to build a full naval base on the Azov coast by the end of 2018.   

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  • Ukraine to allocate over 5% of its GDP to the defense budget

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has adopted the main parameters of the defense budget for 2019, the NSDC’s press service stated. Over 5% of the GDP will be allocated for the needs of security and defense sector of Ukraine.

    "At the request of the president of Ukraine, a significant increase in servicemen’s pay is one of the important priorities of the budget for next year,” noted Secretary of the NSDC Oleksandr Turchynov. He said the development, preparation of …

  • Ukraine decides to strengthen naval presence in the Sea of Azov

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) decided to strengthen the naval presence in the Sea of Azov, reported the press service of the NSDC following a meeting.

    "The NSDC of Ukraine approved a set of measures aimed at protecting national interests in the southern regions and waters of the Azov and Black Seas, in particular, strengthening the naval presence in the Sea of Azov, creating a naval armored group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as well as developing an appropriate …

  • Expert: Ukraine capable of repelling Russian attack in Azov Sea

    Ukraine is not ready for a full-scale military encounter with Russia, but is capable of repelling an attack by sea, as was demonstrated in the recent military exercises, analyst Nikolai Beleskov from the Institute of World Politics told Radio Krym.Realii in an interview.

    According to him, the situation in the Kerch Strait started to deteriorate in April 2018, but “significant information work has not been carried out”.

    “We did not raise the alarm, did not say, did not speak, because, to a …

  • Russia detains Ukrainian bulk cargo ship in the Azov Sea

    On the night of Saturday, September 1, the coast guard of the Russian Federal Security Service detained the Ukrainian bulk cargo ship Amadore in the Azov Sea, which was on the way from Mariupol near Berdyansk, reported on Facebook the Editor-in-Chief of the information portal BlackSeaNews, Andrey Klimenko.

    "At 10:00 am on Saturday morning, the vessel was still detained. Usually such detentions continue for three hours. However, on the way to the Azov Sea this vessel waited for permission in …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine has all means to destroy Russian fleet in five minutes

    Ukraine has “all means” necessary to face the Russian fleet, said the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Yuriy Bereza in an interview to  Observer news outlet.

     He suggested to “look at a map” of the Azov Sea to understand how to fight the Russian fleet. In his opinion, if “correctly” placed, missiles can “destroy in literally five to ten minutes” any fleet that enters the sea.

    Additionally, according to the deputy, Ukraine has suitable weapons for this task. Specifically, these are the weapons …

  • National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to discuss the situation in the Azov Sea

    President Petro Poroshenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to prepare proposals for the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) meeting on securing Ukrainian interests in the Azov Sea in view of Russia's actions in this region.

    “I look forward to proposals regarding promoting our interests in the Azov Sea. I strongly believe that the current situation is absolutely unacceptable and I’m not going to just accept it,” Poroshenko said at a meeting with leaders of foreign …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will not withdraw from the Azov Sea treaty with Russia

    Ukraine will not break the treaty with Russia on the joint use of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait because to do so would allow Moscow an opportunity to declare a territorial dispute, asserted Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal on the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s Twitter.

    “It is a security issue for us. That is why we use the available instruments to settle this matter,” the statement reads.

    Earlier, a member of the Verkhovna Rada from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Ivan Vinnyk called …