Ukraine is preparing to resist Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated this at the ceremony of solemn oath by the students of the Kyiv Military Lyceum named after Ivan Bogun. His speech was broadcasted by "112 Ukraine."
“We are preparing to repulse Russian aggression at the sea direction - in the Sea of Azov. Gunpowder should be kept ready,” Poroshenko noted.
On October 12, President Petro Poroshenko introduced a partially secret decision of the Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to protect the interests of Ukraine in the south and east, as well as in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait.
Earlier, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that Ukraine would continue to expand its military presence in the Sea of Azov to repel Russias "possible aggression." In particular, a shipboat group has already been created, and plans include the creation of a naval base on the Sea of Azov by the end of 2018.
We recall that in the last three months, Russia's activity in the Azov Sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow merchant ships which enter and leave Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of General Staff and the command of the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations regarding blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
As noted by the President of Ukraine, the Russian Federation intends to occupy the Sea of Azov, as well as Crimean peninsula. Kyiv will not allow this.