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Ukraine’s Navy reports of tense situation in Black Sea, Sea of Azov

Ukrainian-American military drills Sea Breeze 2018 started on July 9
13:54, 9 July 2018

Reuters

The Naval Forces of Ukraine state the tense situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The Commander of Navy Ihor Voronchenko informed about this during the opening ceremony of Ukrainian-American military exercises Sea Breeze 2018, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.

The commander stressed that it was about ignoring the norms of international maritime law by the Russian Federation, as well as the continuing annexation of Ukrainian economic zone in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, "especially in the Sea of Azov," as he said.

He also added that the Sea Breeze 2018drills would help the Ukrainian military to respond adequately to these threats.

Related: Three Ukrainian soldiers killed, nine wounded due to accident at tactical drills

As it was reported earlier, the U.S.-Ukrainian naval Sea Breeze 2018 drills began in Odesa, the major port city in southern Ukraine. The exercises will be running until July 21, covering the northwestern waters of the Black Sea, as well as seaports, airports and firing ranges in Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson region.

This year's Sea Breeze involves 30 vessels from naval forces of 19 countries, including a Turkish submarine. An important feature of the exercise is that the multinational staff will be coordinating the actions of naval, air and ground forces from USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the 6th U.S. Navy Fleet.

Related: Ukrainian Marines, artillery units hold joint drills near annexed Crimea

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