Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov stated that the Ukrainian military would carry out large-scale exercises in the Azov Sea. Turchynov noted that he is aware of that Russia intends to hold military exercises in the Azov Sea in the near future.
"The Ukrainian military will also carry out serious exercises in the Azov Sea,” he said. He announced that the Ukrainian military is reinforcing the Coast Guard and building up the Air power in the Azov Sea.
The Ukrainian Navy already carried out exercises in the Black Sea and in Azov Sea from September 25 to 29, just a few days after Ukrainian military ships completed the transition from the Black Sea fleet to the Azov Sea. Earlier, it was reported that Ukraine plans to build a naval base in the Azov Sea by the end of 2018.