The Ukrainian Navy, with its few ships, will not be able to exert military or psychological influence over Russia, such political-military adventures only discredit Kiev, the former Russian Baltic Fleet Commander, Admiral Vladimir Valuev, explained.
Formerly the commander of the Ukrainian Ground Troops, Sergei Popko, announced the decision to strengthen the grouping of forces in the direction of Azov because of the “aggressive actions” of Russia. In turn, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Igor Voronchenko, reported on the preparation of increased military presence in the Sea of Azov. Nowadays, the Ukrainian Navy has about a dozen boats and a frigate from the 1135.1 project Getman Sagaidachny.
“If the Ukrainian navy, to say the least, is precarious, today it almost does not exist as such, since the terrestrial component, with a corresponding increase, may represent some force, but it seems to me that the real objective of all these maneuvers is to maintain hate many of the Ukrainian people have to Russia. It seems to me that all these attempts will be futile and will not give advantages to the regime of Poroshenko,” said Valuev.
The former commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Vladimir Komoedov, has a similar opinion. According to him, two or three boats do not decide anything and that on their part it would be smarter to comply with the rules created after the construction of the Crimea bridge, including mandatory piloting and inspection of ships. There is no longer any confidence in the Ukrainian authorities, said the admiral.
Kiev accuses Moscow of blocking the entry of ships that proceed to the Ukrainian ports through the strait of Kerch, causing damage to the shipowners. Meanwhile, the representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that the Russian border service is not violating the rules of inspection of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Navy command acknowledged that Ukraine would not achieve parity with Russia in the Black and Azov seas, however, stressed that the country needs not a “large but effective navy.”