A ship carrying two refitted former US Coast Guard patrol boats designed to reinforce the Ukrainian Navy transited the Dardanelles strait on Saturday days after Ukraine stated it feared Russia is likely to be 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 the USA. Ukraine bought 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.
America, Ukraine and NATO have accused Russia of threatening behaviour in the direction of Kyiv in latest weeks alleging that it has constructed up its forces in proximity to Ukraine in an uncommon means.
Russia says it has the appropriate to maneuver its troops anyplace it needs by itself territory and isn’t planning to assault anybody.
The Kremlin stated in September that NATO would cross a Russian crimson line if it expanded its navy 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 making an attempt to rebuild its navy with the assistance of NATO nations.
The US State Division this summer season authorised the potential sale to Ukraine of as much as 16 Mark VI patrol boats and gear for an estimated $600 million.
Ukraine, which strives to turn into a NATO member, obtained a big consignment of US ammunition earlier this yr and Javelin anti-tank missiles, prompting criticism from Moscow which has stated it has critical safety issues in regards to the prospect of Ukraine becoming a member of NATO in the future.
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