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Ukraine increases military presence in Azov region

The units of Ground Forces and army aviation reinforced the defense lines in the Azov sector of Donbas combat zone
11:26, 12 September 2018

Radio Liberty

The Ukrainian military boosted the number of its units in the Azov region. Serhiy Popko, the Commander of Ukraine's Ground Forces posted this on Facebook.

'In return to the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decided to reinforce the group of the Armed Forces, including the Ground Forces, in the Azov region', Popko wrote.

He added that the Ukrainian side takes steps to provide full control over the situation in the region, to support the Navy vessels, and to duly protect the coastline.

'We provide permanent presence and control of the area with the units of army brigades and territorial defense units, the missile troops and artillery, and the army aviation', Popko wrote. 

Related: Russian Coast Guard detains Ukrainian vessel in the Sea of Azov

As is known, over the past three months the Russian activity in the Sea of Azov has increased. Russians do not allow trade vessels, which enter and exit the Ukrainian ports, to freely cross the Kerch Strait.

Related: Mining of Azov Sea is pointless, - Border Guard Service

Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine also supports the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.

Related: Russia harasses international shipping through Sea of Azov, Kerch Strait, - US Department of State

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry excludes denunciation of treaty on Azov Sea with Russia

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