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Ukrainian Navy to receive American patrol boats in July 2019

It is about 30-meter Drummond and Cushing boats
23:07, 28 December 2018
Twitter of Svyatoslav Tsegolko

The Island-class patrol boat, which the U.S. promised to provide Ukraine with, should arrive in July 2019. Ukrainian Navy’s Commander Ihor Voronchenko claimed this during the interview to DW.

‘They must be in Ukraine in July. The crews are getting prepared, we agreed on the procedure for complete equipping these ships and the procedure for joint training at the base in Baltimore,’ Voronchenko noted.

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He also added that the last measures necessary to ensure the boats arrive in Ukraine quickly have been adjusted.

As we reported, on September 28, the U.S. passed Ukraine two Island-class patrol boats; during the ceremony at the Baltimore base of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Both patrol boats were built 40 years ago, they are able to go to sea in any weather and perform set tasks in any situation, and to conduct fire.

Related: Armed Forces of Ukraine received over 2,500 units of Ukraine-made weaponry in 2018

As we reported earlier, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Department of the State's Special Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs met with Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

The Ukrainian minister told Volker that as of December 18, most of the necessary measures were taken as foreseen by the martial law. Poltorak also thanked the U.S. for the 'solid stance' in terms of support of Ukraine. 

Volker stressed that the Russian aggression in Ukraine was unacceptable, as the Twitter of the U.S. Embassy quoted him.

Related: Ukraine is able to acquire additional weapons from U.S., - Volker

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