A ship carrying two refitted former US Coast Guard patrol boats designed to boost the Ukrainian Navy transited the Dardanelles strait on Saturday days after Ukraine mentioned it feared Russia is perhaps getting ready an assault on it.
The ship carrying the 2 Island-class patrol boats departed Baltimore for the Ukrainian port of Odessa on November 8. Ukrainian sailors have already undergone intensive coaching on the vessels in america. Ukraine acquired two comparable vessels in 2019.
The 2 new boats are a part of a safety package deal to Ukraine price over $2.5 billion since 2014, the yr when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and Russian-backed separatists seized a swath of japanese Ukraine, the US embassy in Kyiv says.
The USA, Ukraine and NATO have accused Russia of threatening behaviour in the direction of Kyiv in current weeks alleging that it has constructed up its forces in proximity to Ukraine in an uncommon method.
Russia says it has the precise to maneuver its troops wherever it needs by itself territory and isn’t planning to assault anybody.
The Kremlin mentioned in September that NATO would cross a Russian purple line if it expanded its army infrastructure in Ukraine, and Moscow has since accused Ukraine and NATO of destabilising behaviour, together with within the Black Sea.
Kyiv misplaced most of its Black Sea naval energy after the annexation of Crimea when Russia seized a lot of its navy. It has since been attempting to rebuild its navy with the assistance of NATO international locations.
The US State Division this summer time permitted the potential sale to Ukraine of as much as 16 Mark VI patrol boats and tools for an estimated $600 million.
Ukraine, which strives to turn into a NATO member, acquired a big consignment of US ammunition earlier this yr and Javelin anti-tank missiles, prompting criticism from Moscow which has mentioned it has severe safety issues in regards to the prospect of Ukraine becoming a member of NATO someday.
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