The Ukrainian Navy is ready to repel a possible attack on Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. In the near future, it is planned to deploy a new naval base. The Ukrainian military intend to oppose the Russians, who after the seizure of the Crimean seiner “Nord” have toughened the inspection of vessels going to Mariupol and Berdyansk, which leads to idle time and losses of shipowners, as well as Ukrainian ports.
This was in an interview with Radio Liberty “said the commander of the Naval Forces Vice Admiral Igor Voronchenko. According to him:
“I can assure you that we analyze the situation in the Sea of Azov, we control, the corresponding countermeasures have been fulfilled. We have the forces to repel the likely attack. The navy is on the alert.
I returned recently from Berdyansk and Mariupol. There is an agreement (albeit oral, for the time being) on the creation of the Azov naval base. The management of the sea trading ports understands well that limiting the call to ports of ships will lead to a reduction in jobs at enterprises. This will provoke social tension, you can not allow this.
For 17 days in June, Russian border guards subordinated to the FSB of Russia detained 49 foreign vessels that were going to Mariupol and Berdyansk. For an hour of downtime, shipowners lose amounts from 5 to 15 thousand dollars, the simple lasts from three to eight hours. So, count how much money shipowners are losing for the arrogance of Russia, which for some reason decided that it has grounds to reign supreme in the Sea of Azov. No one can violate international maritime law. I must do everything that depends on the Naval Forces of Ukraine, for the safety of our fishermen and the passage without hindrance of merchant ships under foreign flags, “
On the clarifying question, what will be undertaken by the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Voronchenko answered: “Violators will be escorted.” – From Rusvesna. Translated by J. Flores