Contents tagged with Black Sea

  • Ukraine calls its new assault boats 'a worthy response' to Russian amphibious ships

    Ukrainian Centaur-class assault boats are a "worthy response to outdated" large amphibious ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, stated the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in a the video produced by the TV and radio studio Breeze, which has been posted on YouTube.

    Russian ships are "much slower and have long since exhausted their lifespan," the video says. It is specified that Ukrainian boats can develop speeds of up to 36 knots and can accommodate 36 paratroopers. The boats are armed with C-8 …

  • Russia: NATO thinks twice before sending ships to Crimean shores

    The main obstacle for NATO ships approaching Russia's maritime borders near Crimea are the coastal electronic warfare (EW) systems deployed in the peninsular, reports RIA Novosti, citing a source in the security forces of the region.

    According to the source, NATO ships are trying to infiltrate digital and communication networks during their reconnaissance operations. However, Russian EW systems knock down the navigation systems of NATO ships and make the reconnaissance equipment unfunctional. …

  • Ukraine and Georgia accuse Russia of obstructing navigation and rescue operations in the Black and Azov Seas

    Ukraine and Georgia have complained to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regarding “unlawful Russian activity”, which is reportedly interfering with search and rescue operations in the Black and Azov seas.

    According to the Ukrainian embassy in the UK, the complaint has been supported by delegations from EU countries and the US.

    Kyiv has also sent an objection to the IMO, accusing Russia of “unlawfully extending the Novorossiysk region’s NAVTEX radio station service to the Sea of …

  • Russia simulates attack on US destroyer in Black Sea

    The Russian Armed Forces conducted military drills in the Black Sea, in which they simulated an attack on the American Ross destroyer, which was going to the port of Odessa, reports the Ukrainian Air Command, citing intelligence data.

    It is noted that during the military exercise, a pair of Su-24M front-line bombers, which were supported by  of fighter aircraft, “conducted" a missile attack on a surface target, the USS Ross missile destroyer.

    "On December 23, a pair of Su-24M front-line …

  • Russia flaunts footage of Kalibre cruise missiles fired from submarine in Black Sea

    The Russian Defense Ministry has released footage of Kalibr cruise missiles being fired from the submarine “Kolpino” at targets in the Black Sea. The video was published on the department’s YouTube channel.

    The footage shows the crew of a vessel responsible for the safety of the combat drill giving the order to prepare to fire, after which the missiles are launched. In the last clip, a missile fired from a submarine rises into the air.

    The Kalibr missiles were launched from submerged position …

  • Russian Navy escorts US warship in Black Sea

    On Sunday, September 15, the Russian Black Sea Fleet started escorting the transport ship USNS Yuma, which entered Black Sea waters at around 17:30, Interfax reports, citing Russia’s National Defense Management Center.

    “The designated on-duty forces and vessels of the Black Sea Fleet are continuously tracking the American ship,” the article states.

    At the end of June, the Yuma brought a battalion of US marines and vehicles to Odessa, Ukraine, for the Sea Breeze 2019 exercise. According to …

  • Ukraine to close Black Sea airspace for missile testing

    Between Friday and Saturday, Black Sea airspace will be closed to aircraft while the Ukrainian military performs missile tests, Korrespondent reports, citing the Ukrainian Defense Ministry news agency, Army Inform.

    “Between August 30-31, 2019, at the Alibi state testing ground of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Odessa province, there will be additional missile launches. The relevant warning regarding the closing of the area to aircraft flights in connection with the danger associated with …

  • Russia closes off more than a quarter of Black Sea for a month

    Between 24 July and 19 August, purportedly for training purposes, Russia has closed off five regions of the Black Sea with a total area of 118,570 square kilometers, more than a quarter of the sea’s total area, the Ukrainian Military Portal reports.

    “The mentioned regions effectively close off the customary and advisable international shipping routes to Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine, virtually blocking maritime traffic with these countries,” the news outlet writes.

    Russia’s …

  • Ukraine releases sailors from captured Russian tanker

    Russian Embassy in Kyiv stated that crew members of the Russian ship NEYMA that were detained by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the port of Izmail have been released, reports RIA Novosti news agency. At the same time, the tanker remains under arrest.

    The sailors were released with obligation to appear for questioning. They are currently considered to be witnesses in the case, reports strana.ua news outlet.

    As previously reported, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) together with …

  • Russian warship enters demarcated firing zone of Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

    A Russian military vessel entered a zone closed-off for firing practice during the Sea Breeze 2019 exercise, the press service of Ukraine’s Naval Command reported.

    “On 10.07.2019 the Russian Federation once again showed its true face. Disregarding the norms of international maritime law, it provoked an emergency in the waters of the Black Sea. Despite the coastal message to seafarers about the closed-off region for conducting the international Sea Breeze 2019 exercise, the ‘Smetlivy’, a ship …