Ukrainian border guards hold exercises in the Sea of Azov

Divisions of the Donetsk state border guard units from the Ukrainian Joint Forces continued to perform security and defense tasks on the coast of the Sea of Azov, reported the press center of the the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) on Facebook

"In accordance with the order of the commander of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Naiev,  border guard  divisions, acting as part of the mobile anti airborne groups, work on improving professional skills of servicemen and practiced joint work of the devisons," the statement reads.

According to JFO command, instructors of the Donetsk-Luhansk divisions of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, using their experience in repelling Russian military aggression, conducted tactical exercises with crews of military armored vehicles and servicemen from artillery units.

"The servicemen worked on real-life scenarios in which they had to detect and repel the attacks of enemy subversive and reconnaissance groups attacking from the sea. Maneuvers of the border divisions and evacuation of equipment under cover of smoke were practiced as well," the statement reads.

On September 6 ,at a session of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Ukraine decided to reinforce its Naval presence in the Sea of Azov in connection with Russia’s aggressive actions. On October 12, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko brought into effect the NSDC’s decision to protect Ukraine’s interests in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait to the south and east of Ukraine. According to Poroshenko, after the occupation of Crimea, the Kremlin’s next target is to occupy the Sea of Azov.

On October 25, the European Parliament adopted the resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov in which it called on the European Commission to prepare possible sanctions against Russia in case of an escalation.

  Azov Sea, Ukraine, JFO, Donbas