Ukrainian Navy conducts exercises in the Black and Azov Seas
The Ukrainian Naval Forces conducted the command-staff exercises Cossack Will-2018 in the Black and Azov Seas, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Navy.
“The main goal of the exercises is to increase the military command and control bodies’ capability of conducting defensive stabilization actions by the troops, as well as planning and implementing counter-offensive operations,” the statement reads.
According to reports, personnel of the six tactical groups of the Ukrainian Naval Forces “carried out tasks in accordance with the requirement of their operational grouping” in the Black and Azov Seas.
“We carry out naval reconnaissance and stabilization operations, guard bases, escort ships and convoys, supply weapons, military equipment and supplies to the appropriate ships’ units,” clarified the Navy Command.
In addition, the airborne assault troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took part in these exercises.
On September 6, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to strengthen the naval presence in the Azov Sea.
In mid-May, after the completion of the automobile part construction of the Kerch Bridge, Russia reportedly relocated sea vessels, including the military ships of the Caspian flotilla to the Azov Sea. At the same time, Moscow referred to the need to strengthen security around the strategic facility [ the Kerch Bridge].
Since then, Russia has detained more than 148 Ukrainian and foreign merchant ships and interrogated crew members and other people who were on those vessels.
In mid-May, after the completion of the construction of the automotive part of the Kerch Bridge, Russia reportedly relocated ships, including warships of the Caspian flotilla, to the Sea of Azov.