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Ukraine will not lose control over Sea of Azov, - Ukrainian Navy commander

At the same time, the balance of forces in the region is not in favor of Ukraine, he admitted
18:19, 29 December 2018

Igor Voronchenko, the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy
Radio Liberty

Ukraine will retain control over the Sea of Azov. This was stated by the Ukrainian Navy commander Igor Voronchenko, reports Deutsche Welle.

“We’ll not lose control. I’m not going to give a clear assessment now. The situation is very difficult, especially in the Azov Sea region and at key points in the Ukrainian South and East. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are in a condition in which they are able to complete missions. Now it’s not the year 2014”, he declared.

At the same time, he noted that the balance of forces in the Azov Sea is not in favor of Ukraine.

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“Now, unfortunately, it is not in favor of Ukraine both in quantitative and qualitative proportions. The overwhelming number of ships and boats of the Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet and the FSB is now in the Sea of Azov. According to our calculations, their number has already exceeded one hundred. There are about 36-40 units on the Russian side, which can fully carry out tasks on the Russian side. In Ukraine, unfortunately, there are now two boats and two ships. Now consider what the correlation can be, "Voronchenko explained.

Earlier, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the priority for Ukraine in 2019 would be the creation of a naval base in the Sea of Azov.

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