Contents tagged with Azov Sea

  • Russia explains the detention of ships in the Azov Sea as its ‘sovereign right’

    Russia’s Foreign Minister spokesperson Maria explained the detentions and searches of ships in the Sea of Azov, which headed to Ukrainian ports, as “ensuring security” and as its “sovereign right for inland waters."

    "Russia's actions to inspect ships are aimed only at ensuring security in the waters of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. They do not contradict any international laws that apply to the inland water areas. Other states' practices of exercising sovereign rights in respect to inland …

  • Ukraine plans to create a naval base in the Azov Sea

    By the end of this year, Ukraine plans to create a naval base for the armed forces in the Azov Sea, reported the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    “Two armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy were floated off the shore of Berdyansk. Before the end of the year, we will create a new naval base for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Azov Sea,” said the government in a statement on Facebook.

    On September 6th, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, a decision was …

  • Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing post-Soviet countries

    Russia destabilizes the situation in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Azerbaijan, said the German Chancellor the German servicemen stationed in Lithuania, the Deutsche Welle reported.

    “We see that, in fact, almost all former Soviet republics that are not part of the EU and NATO are facing internal conflicts created by Russia,” said the head of the German government.

    “Today, all these states are trying to recover their territorial integrity since Russia either took parts of their …

  • Ukraine reinforces its Azov and Black Sea border guards with Special Forces

    Ukrainian border guards working in the waters of the Azov and Black Seas will be reinforced with Naval Special Forces, said Head of the State Border Service of Ykraine (SBSU) Petro Tsyhykal, reported the press service of the SBSU.

    Tsyhykal explained that apart from law enforcement responsibilities, the Border Service’s task is to strengthen efforts in the east of the country in response to Russia’s actions, including in the waters of the Azov and Black Seas.

    “I think we will have about a …

  • 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.   

    " …

  • 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 …