The military-political leadership of the Russian Federation considers the Azov-black sea region as an important springboard for its further expansion.
This was stated by Secretary of national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov during his stay in the area of operations of the joint forces.
According to the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military presence combined with the “gross violation of international law of the sea in the sea of Azov, which is manifested, in particular, the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge and the increase in the number of incidents of detention of Russian military domestic and foreign vessels.”
“We see attempts of Russia to actually start a military and economic blockade of the Azov coast of Ukraine,” he said.
Turchynov stressed that in the area of the OOS one of the most alarming areas is the Mariupol, “where not precluded by the holding of enemy land and Maritime landing operations along the Azov coast”.
“In the extreme South of the zone of confrontation consistently high number of attacks on our positions and military provocations by Russian-terrorist forces” — he said.
During a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of defence, the command of the CEO, the heads of the State border service, the National police and the National guard Turchynov has devoted considerable attention to the strengthening and organization of coastal defense and effective response to land and sea provocations from the Russian Federation.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine discussed with the command of the Naval forces of Ukraine in the Azov sea ship-katerno Navy band.
During the stay in the port of Mariupol Turchynov identified with the leadership of the State border service the set of tasks in the maintenance and strengthening of the naval component in ensuring protection of the southern Ukrainian frontier.
Secretary of the national security Council has been at the forefront of the Ukrainian military in Shirokino, for many years was in the midst of Russian military provocations and attacks, and discussed with the management of the 36-th separate brigade of Marines of combat tasks in reliable protection of the southern flank of the line of contact.
According to Turchynov, to adequately counter Russian expansion we need to strengthen naval presence of Ukraine in the region by “redeployment of the ship-boat composition of naval forces of VSU, the deployment of additional monitoring stations over the coastline and the sea, as well as groups of rapid response to Russian provocations in the Azov region.”
“The Ukrainian military adequately perform their tasks, protecting the South of Ukraine and is able to adequately counter the military provocations of the Russian Federation”, — concluded the Secretary of the NSDC.