The commander of the Ukrainian armored boat Kremenchuk, Aleksandr Regula, declared that his boat is “invisible” to the Russian Navy. A senior Russian official appealed to the Ukrainian military not to invent stories, calling the Ukrainian launch “Flying Dutchman”.
According to the Ukrainian commander in an interview with the Ucrainform agency, the Kremenchuk boat escorted the Ukrainian ships Donbass and Korets when they recently sailed along the Crimean coast towards the sea of Azov, having remained invisible to the Russian border service thanks to the “geometry of the hull, which absorbs the waves of the radars, and the cover of the boat.”
Grigory Ioffe, the head of the Crimean Chamber of Commerce, appealed to the Ukrainian military not to invent stories, sarcastically calling the “invisible” Ukrainian “Flying Dutchman” boat.
“It is now obvious that they [the Ukrainians] will declare that they have many weapons in the Ukrainian navy, but that they are also invisible,“Grigory Ioffe said.
He added that “before the Crimea Borders, not a fly will pass, let alone a ship.”
Since the beginning of this year there have been recorded naval incidents between the two countries in the Azov Sea area. In March, Ukraine detained the Russian fishing vessel Nord, accusing the captain of illegally visiting Crimea “to harm the interests of the State.” In August, the Ukrainian Coast Guard detained the tanker Mekhanik Pogodin with crew on board.
Moscow calls the actions of Kiev “maritime terrorism”, strengthening customs inspections on its part of the sea of Azov. So the Ukrainian side accused Russia of “pursuing a tough policy of stopping and inspecting ships.”
In early September, Ukrainian officials announced plans to establish a naval base off the coast of the Sea of Azov and to transfer two armored boats to the area. In addition, the Security and National Defense Council of Ukraine ordered the reinforcement of the military presence in the Sea of Azov, equipping the Ukrainian coastguard detachments with missiles.