Contents tagged with Black Sea

  • New NATO headquarters opened in Latvia

    The press service of the Latvian Ministry of Defense announced that Latvia, Estonia and Denmark opened the Northern Division headquarters for the multinational troops in Adazi near Riga.

    The main task of the Northern Division will be the management of military operations in its area of responsibility. The new headquarters will begin planning and managing military operations, as well as planning and integrating the NATO units’ activities in order to strengthen the security of the region and …

  • Ukraine and Turkey hold joint naval exercises in the Black Sea

    The crew of the small armored artillery boat Vyshhorod of the Ukrainian Navy carried out PASSEX type joint exercises with TCG Barbaros frigate and TCG Marti assault boat of the Turkish Navy in the Black Sea, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    “During the current exercises, almost simultaneously, 67 Turkish military units will visit forty foreign ports in the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. A frigate and assault boat will visit the port of Batumi, in …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Black Sea will become a ‘Bermuda Triangle’ for Russia

    At the international security conference “The Odessa Debate: Uniting Ukraine, the Black Sea Region and the Transatlantic Partners” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that the Black Sea "will never belong to the Russian regime" and that it would become a “Bermuda Triangle for Russia,” Interfax quotes Klimkin as sayinng.

    “We will definitely reclaim the Crimea. To do this, we must have a strong economy and security... The possibility is only in complex opposition to Russia. It …

  • Ukraine unveils new Neptune anti-ship cruise missile

    Ukrainian Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport presented its Neptune anti-ship cruise missile during International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2019 and revealed the weapon’s characteristics. 

    The company claims that the export version of the missile is capable of hitting targets 280 kilometers away. It can sink surface vessels with a displacement of up to five thousand tons. Each missile weighs 670 kilograms, including a 145-kilogram high-explosive fragmentation warhead. 

    The …

  • Russia sends navy ships to monitor USS Donald Cook guided-missile destroyer in the Black Sea

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of a US missile destroyer that entered the Black Sea, reported RBC-Ukraine, citing the Russian media. 

    "On February 19, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Moscow time, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the waters of the Black Sea. The forces and resources of the Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of the US missile destroyer. Direct control of its actions is ensured by the small missile ship …

  • US guided-missile destroyer is en route to Odessa, Ukraine

    On February 19, the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the Black Sea. On February 25, it is planned to arrive at the port of Odessa.

    The U.S. Sixth Fleet Command reports that the U.S. Navy’s missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DD G75) arrived to "conduct maritime security operations and enhance stability in the region."

    According to Dumskaya, this ship will take part in joint exercises with the NATO allies’ ships. Ukrainian ships will also take part in these …

  • Kyiv requests a separate package of NATO assistance for Ukraine's Navy

    Ukraine's Permanent Representative to NATO Vadym Prystaiko said that Kyiv has asked NATO to arrange for a separate assistance package for the Naval Forces of Ukraine, the Evropeiska Pravda reported. 

    “We have the so-called Assistance Package, which includes different mechanisms, in particular, trust funds. One of the ideas is that the assistance to our Navy be allocated from one package, in order to to identify the needs and support opportunities so that each country to find its own niche,” …

  • Russia: joint US-Ukraine military exercises in the Black Sea 'a dangerous idea'

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin stated that Russia considers the joint exercises “Sea Breeze” which are held by Ukraine and the United States to be dangerous.

    “A dangerous idea. This is exactly how we will treat it. We perceive this idea as dangerous,” said Karasin as quoted by RIA Novosti.

    The Sea Breeze exercises have been held by Ukraine and the United States on the territory of Ukraine since 1997.

    On February 11th, the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense  …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO intends to increase military presence in the Black Sea

    During a briefing with Russian media, the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO intends to increase its military presence in the Black Sea in response to “Russia’s violation of international norms.”

    According to him, Moscow’s construction of a bridge over the Kerch Strait does not meet international laws since Russia’s control over Crimea was established illegally. “The unlawful detention of Ukrainian sailors [in November 2018] and seizing of ships increased our concerns …

  • Ukraine strengthens control over the Black Sea

    On Monday, February 11th, the State Border Service reported that the Ukrainian Marine Guard strengthened control over the government border on the Black Sea. 

    Over the course of the week, the naval guard ships accompanied foreign vessels from the entrance of the territorial waters of Ukraine to the ports of destination. 

    “This practice allows strengthening measures to prevent attempts at an illegal approach to the small vessels and other illegal actions in the territorial waters of Ukraine,” …