"The presence of Ukrainian Navy in the Sea of Azov should definitely be increased. We plan not only to strengthen our presence in the sea, but also to carry out measures to defend the coast of the Sea of Azov. In the sea, border guards are using their our own forces and means, but there but Ukraine’s Navy will increase there its presence,” Muzhenko said.
As it was reported earlier, Russia’s military-political leadership regards Azov-Black Sea region as a platform for its further expansion, as Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine said. Turchynov noted that “the Mariupol direction remains one of the most threatening in the JFO area, and it is possible that the enemy could conduct both ground and sea landing operations along the Azov coast".