New Sea Guard Department of the State Border Guard Service will heavily guard the whole maritime border from Izmail to Mariupol until the end of 2018. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made such a statement as the presidential press service reported.
According to him, Ukraine builds up the forces for the defense of its territory from the Russian invasion from the sea.
Poroshenko added that the system of the military reserves with powerful weaponry and armored hardware can cover the threatened direction as soon as possible was created.
The president reported that “we are taking large steps” on the re-equipment of the sea guards’ departments for covering of the territory of Ukraine from the sea; the detachments of the rapid response “Dozor,” including for the holding of the special actions on the water were formed according to the best world standards.
Poroshenko promised that 24 modern light patrol helicopters would be purchased for the border guard service in the next two years.
President reminded that the thousands of the border guards participated in the deterrence of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
“433 border guards were wounded. 856 border guards received state awards for the courage and heroism in the fights against the Russian occupants… 70 border guards gave their lives for Ukraine,” Poroshenko noted.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko 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.