‘Relevant deployment plans are yet approved by the General Staff. As for the infrastructure, the infrastructure of commercial ports will be used for now, later in the future, it will evolve towards military use, possibly with the construction of additional berths, etc.’ Vinnyk claimed.
Reportedly, “Donbas” and “Korets” Ukrainian vessels left Odesa military base and directed to Crimea on Thursday. “Ametist” coast guard patrol ship of Russian FSS started accompanying them near occupied Sevastopol, later another unidentified ship joined him.
In the morning of September 23, “Donbas” and “Korets” entered controlled by the occupants Kerch Strait and went under the Crimean Bridge in the afternoon.
It is mentioned that the Ukrainian vessels must join the union deployed on the new naval base of the Ukrainian Naval Forces built in Berdiansk. The reinforcement of the Ukrainian Naval Forces’ group in the Sea of Azov is an answer to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov. According to the agreement from 2003, the Sea of Azov is an internal sea of two states where civilian and military vessels under the flags of Ukraine and Russia can freely enter the strait and head to their ports.