Contents tagged with Odessa

  • NATO’s warships visit Ukrainian port of Odessa

    On July 25, ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) entered the port of Odessa.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy Command, among the warships are frigates of the Royal Spanish Navy Alvaro De Bazan, the I.C. of Romania REGINA MARIA and the Turkish Navy, Yildirim.

    This year, the SNMG2 group was a part of the Ukrainian-American Sea Breeze-2020 exercises aimed at fulfilling common tasks to promote security in the Black Sea region.

    The visit took place in …

  • US destroyer enters the Black Sea

    USS Ross DDG 71 missile destroyer has crossed the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus on December 15, and entered the waters of the Black Sea, reports Dumskaya news outlet. Three hundred thirty-seven crew are on the ship.

    The length of the destroyer is 154 meters, width is 20 meters, and its draft is 9.3 meters. It accelerates to 32 knots using the four gas turbine units with a capacity of 108,000 horsepower.

    The USS Ross (DDG-71) is equipped with an Aegis Combat System, Tomahawk cruise missiles, …

  • Ukrainian naval commander: Russia rehearsed missile strike against Odessa

    This summer, Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers rehearsed carrying out a strategic missile strike against the city of Odessa, said Ukrainian Naval Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko at the third international maritime security conference for countries in the Black Sea region, Dumskaya reports.

    According to Voronchenko, the aircraft performed a virtual launch 60 km from Odessa, and then went back towards the Bosporus Straight. The exercise, which the commander described as “provocative”, was …

  • Kyiv tests new high-precision Vilkha-M missile system

    In the morning of July 25, the next stage of testing of the multiple rocket launcher system  Vilha took place in the Odessa region, reports the press service of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC).

    Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Sergey Krivonos, who participated in the assessment of the testing, called the test a success.

    According to him, NSDC made several decisions for the early adoption and supply of new missiles for multiple launch rocket …

  • 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 …

  • Kyiv: NATO military forces arrived in Odessa to participate in Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

    Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported about the arrival of additional units of the North Atlantic Alliance in Odessa to participate in the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. The first units arrived in Odessa on the American C-130J Hercules, and the UK special marine forces arrived on British A400 Atlas jet aircraft, reports the press service of the Ukrainian military department.

    The exercises Sea Breeze were initially conducted as part of the Partnership for Peace program. Since the 2000s, they were …

  • Sea Breeze exercises to take place in Ukraine

    On Monday, July 1, traditional Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze-2019 will start in Odessa, Ukraine, reports State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

    The exercises will be held at sea, on land, in the air, and underwater. This year for the first time, the participants of the event will also conduct drills on the river. According to the legend of the exercises, the enemy will try to block access to the sea from the Danube river. The ship-and-boat units of Maritime Protection will receive a …

  • Moldovan ‘Democrats’ flee the country

    Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, the éminence grise of Moldovan politics and the primary patron of the Democratic Party that has been in power in recent years, left the country on 14 June in a black aircraft heading for Istanbul (the unusually colored private jetliner had been seen on standby at the Chisinau Airport for several days). According to other reports, he left Moldova by car through Transnistria and boarded an airplane in Odessa.

    Plahotniuc is currently believed to be in the USA. The …

  • Ukraine builds a new naval base in the Black Sea

    The fourth Ukrainian Naval Forces base is built in Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region, reports Dumskaya news outlet. The first three bases are in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Berdyansk.

    The Ukrainian government decided to relocate four units of the Ukrainian Navy from Odesa to Ochakiv base. Mid-size landing ship Yuri Olefirenko, Korets tugboat, artillery boats AKA-02 and Rivne will be transferred to Ochakiv. Previously Olefirenko was part of the 5th brigade in Mykolaiv.

    In the summer of 2017, the US Navy  …

  • Saakashvili asks Zelensky to restore his Ukrainian citizenship

    Ruslan Chernolutsky, the lawyer of Former President of Georgia and Chairman of the Odessa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili, claims that he sent a letter from Saakashvili to the Presidential Administration of Vladimir Zelensky in which Saakashvili asks to have his Ukrainian citizenship reinstated, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    “We are continuing the new phase and active defense of Mikheil Saakashvili’s return to Ukraine. A new era has come - a new president! Therefore, today I …