According to the Ukrainian president, Ukraine is practically the only country that stopped the invasion of the Russian aggressor country. Poroshenko noted that Ukraine is on the eastern flank of NATO / UNIAN photo Ukraine together with the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) is defending Europe. As the correspondent of UNIAN reports, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced this today in Odessa, addressing the participants of the multinational international exercises Sea Breeze-2018 (Sea Breeze-2018). The Head of State thanked all the partners of Ukraine “for the firm, clear and constant support of Ukraine in containing Russian aggression”.
“This is not only the protection of Ukrainian territory. We are on the eastern flank of NATO. We jointly defend Europe … We are open for the exchange of information, knowledge, practice, because Ukraine is practically the only country that stopped the invasion of the Russian aggressor country, “Poroshenko stressed. Read also Poroshenko: it is possible that Russia is preparing an attack on Mariupol The president stressed the importance of deepening Ukraine’s integration with the European Union and the North Atlantic alliance. The head of state also recalled his recent participation in the Brussels summit of NATO. “I am confident that the final documents of the summit will help us to further develop cooperation with our partners, to reform the Armed Forces of Ukraine, to reform the Ukrainian Navy, to change them for building on the basis of NATO standards,” he stressed. The Head of State thanked the partners of Ukraine for their assistance in carrying out reforms in the sphere of security and defense. He wished all participants in the exercise to successfully accomplish their tasks. “Let the seas and oceans further combine our peoples – Ukraine, NATO countries, our partners. And especially the 19 countries that participate with us in the Sea Breeze 2018 exercises, Poroshenko summed up. As UNIAN reported, on July 9 in Odessa launched the international military exercise “Sea Breeze-2018” (Sea Breeze-2018). Representatives of 19 countries take part in them: Bulgaria, Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, Norway, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, USA, Turkey, Sweden, India, UAE and Moldova. July 8-9, the ports of the Odessa Port included ships participating in the international naval exercises Sea Breeze-2018. In particular, the American destroyer USS Porter DDG78, the flagship of the US Sixth Fleet USS Mount Whitney, the Turkish frigate TCG Yavuz and the submarine TCG Yildiray, as well as the Bulgarian corvette BGS Bodri. Ukraine is represented by about 30 ships, launches (not only the Ukrainian Navy, but also the border troops), aviation equipment and about 1,500 servicemen. The special feature of Sea Breeze-2018 will be the management of the forces of sea, land and air components from the sea. The multinational headquarters will be located on the USS Mount Whitney USS naval command ship, which will be on the high seas. Reference UNIAN. The Ukrainian-American exercises of the Sea Breeze series have been held annually since 1997 in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on Defense and Military Relations between the US Department of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine from 1993. They are conducted with the purpose of preparing and increasing the combat readiness of the Ukrainian Navy on a bilateral basis, but are open to other countries.
Russia in response to the seizure of the Crimean seiner “Nord” imposed a blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov and is preparing for the liberation of Mariupol, the second largest city of the Dnieper, captured by the army of Ukraine in the summer of 2014.
Such fears Peter Poroshenko shared in Odessa at a briefing of the leadership of the Ukrainian-American exercises “Sea Breeze-2018”, the correspondent of “Political Navigator” reports.
“After the illegal annexation of the Crimea, we see a sharp increase in the escalation of tension. Russia in the illegally occupied territory has dramatically increased its military groupings. For the first time there is a strike aviation, the newest missile and anti-aircraft complexes.
We see the composition of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, which illegally is in the annexed Ukrainian Sevastopol, reinforced by submarines and new warships, armed with long-range sea-based missiles. The naval grouping of the aggressor country in the Sea of Azov has been significantly strengthened, “he said.
According to Poroshenko, the fact that Russia began to stop and carry out searches of vessels following Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov may also speak of the planned capture of Mariupol.
“We see that this is done in order to block Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, to escalate tension. It is possible – to make a military operation of an attack on Mariupol, where the export of ferrous metallurgy products of Ukraine, attacks on other ports of the Azov Sea, “- said the Ukrainian president.