Aggravation in Azov. Britain increase military aid

Обострение в Азове. Британия усилит военную помощь

Will expand the program of training of Ukrainian specialists British instructors. The Kingdom will also send a warship into the Black sea.

UK will strengthen military support to Ukraine due to the aggravation of the situation in the Azov sea. November 21 was held the meeting of the Minister of defence Stepan Poltorak, Secretary of state for defence of Britain Gavin Williamson.

London has reredil to expand the program of training of the Ukrainian military and Marines of the British instructions. Britain will send to Ukraine a military ship. Корреспондент.net tells details.

Military aid to Britain

Prior to the meeting in London, the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph with reference to the speech of Ulamona wrote that Britain will send to Ukraine additional British troops and a ship of the Navy – “to protect freedom and democracy.”

“Until Ukraine is a victim of Russian aggression, the United Kingdom remains loyal to her partner… We will continue to help Ukraine to defend our shared values. I saw with my own eyes the results of the war in the East [of Ukraine] and it only strengthened my determination to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” the newspaper quoted the words of a British Minister.

According to the UK Ministry of defense in Ukraine there are about 100 British soldiers, training local troops in the area of the city and the Dnieper. 2015 British instructors produced 9.5 thousand Ukrainian military.

Program ORBITAL, in which British instructors trained Ukrainian specialists to intelligence and logistics, will be expanded to include training of military personnel of naval forces of VSU, marine corps, and Air force, said Poltorak.

S-300, Buk, Tor. Missile firing of Ukrainian armed forces near Crimea

The Daily Express writes that the British government called on Russia to end its blockade of Ukrainian ships.

“Concerned about the growing military presence of Russia in the Azov sea… We call on Russia to allow unfettered access to trade vessels through the Kerch Strait and sea of Azov”, – said in a statement the British foreign office.

In a statement, Williamson after the meeting also said that Britain in 2019, napravit in the Black sea the British ship HMS Echo “in the framework of previously reached agreements on the expansion of the program of military preparation of great Britain.

Обострение в Азове. Британия усилит военную помощь
Ministry Of Defense Of Ukraine

In a joint statement, Poltorak and Williamson condemned the increasing military presence of Russia around Ukraine’s borders, in the uncontrolled erritory of Donbass and Crimea and destabilizing actions of Russia in the black sea-Azov region.

The parties agreed to deepen cooperation on counter-aggression by the Russian Federation, “its criminal activities and subversive actions against based on international law security on the territory of Ukraine, in the UK and other countries.”

The Russian side expressed their dissatisfaction with the expansion of military cooperation between Ukraine and Britain. Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in London said that these plans contradict the attempts to resolve the Ukrainian conflict on the basis of the Minsk agreements.

Ukraine sells Nord. It began with the aggravation

“Instead of having to provide all possible pressure on Kiev… UK encourages the Ukrainian authorities to continue military operations against their own people”, – quotes RIA Novosti words of the press Secretary.

The Russian foreign Ministry on 22 November accused Ukraine of “aggravating” the situation in the Azov sea. Moscow is concerned about the proposals of Kiev on holding the line of demarcation in the Azov sea and on the involvement in the region’s potential NATO. It stressed that is committed to the provisions of the agreement with Ukraine on cooperation in using the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait of December 4, 2003.

In London after meeting with British Minister Poltorak gave an interview with Voice of America, which said that the conflict in the Donbas is not frozen and remains in the hot phase.

He also listed the countries that give Ukraine the largest military support – the US, Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Poland.

Frigates and cruisers USA

As you know, the US recently withdrew from the Ukraine, a ban on arms supplies. Within the framework of American Program of surplus property of the army of Ukraine has received two patrol boats of the Island class of 1988, in connection with the escalation in the Azov sea.

On September 27, the ceremony of transfer of Ukraine boats in Baltimore. It was attended by President Petro Poroshenko and Vice-Admiral of the U.S. Coast guard Michael McAllister.

Boats are referred to as Cushing and Drummond was built in 1988. They have served almost 30 years in the Coast guard on the Atlantic, after which they were decommissioned and mothballed. Detail to the material the US gave Ukraine the boat. What is known about them.

In mid-October it became known that the military attache of the USA in Ukraine gave the letter to the Poltorak, a proposal “to increase the defense capability of the Ukrainian naval forces in the Black and Azov seas”.

Among predlojeniy – the transfer of the frigates of Oliver Hazard Perry in the framework of American Program of surplus property of the army. In 2000-ies on these ships interned Ukrainian sailors. March 25, 2009 in Sevastopol came a frigate – the USS Klakring (FFG-42).

Oliver Hazard Perry was designed as missile frigates, armed Mk 13 launchers for anti-aircraft guided missile SM-1MR and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. SM-1 in 2003 was removed on the frigates United States Navy.

Their task is anti-submarine and air defense, transport convoys, amphibious compounds and anti-submarine groups. Their aft busy flight area, and in the rear part of the superstructure side-by-side two hangars for helicopters. Detail in the material to Reinforce the Navy. What frigates the US wants to give Ukraine.

Aggravation in the sea of Azov

The situation in the Azov sea has escalated after the Ukrainian frontier guards detained the Russian fishing vessel Nord in March. In August, the port of Kherson detained the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin.

Moscow has described Kiev’s actions as “Maritime terrorism” and intensified inspections of Ukrainian ships passing through the Kerch Strait toward Ukraine.

In response Kiev accused the Russian authorities in a “rigid policy of detention and inspection of ships”. The Ukrainian foreign Ministry said that Russia’s actions are legitimate.

As the assistant to the Chairman of the state border service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan, Russia examines the foreign trade vessels moving in the ports of Ukraine, although this has never been done before.


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