Oleksandr Turchynov: Russia considers the Azov-Black Sea region as an important springboard for its further expansion
military-political leadership of the Russian Federation considers the
Azov-Black Sea region as an important springboard for its further
expansion. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and
Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov while staying in the zone of the Joint Forces Operation where he checked the readiness to counter
Russian aggression in the south of Ukraine, the organization of coastal
defense and protection of the Azov Sea coast.
to Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, Russia's buildup of the military
presence is combined with "a brutal violation of international maritime
law in the Azov Sea, which manifests itself, in particular, in the
illegal construction of the Kerch Bridge and the growing number of
incidents involving the detention of Russian military domestic and
foreign vessels". "We see Russia's efforts to actually unleash a
military-economic blockade of the Azov coast of Ukraine", - he said.
Turchynov stressed 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".
the southernmost confrontation zone, a steadily high number of
shellings of our positions and military provocations by the
Russian-terrorist troops is observed", - he pointed out.
the meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the JFO
command, the heads of the State Border Guard Service, the National
Police and the National Guard, Mr. Turchynov paid significant attention
to the issues of strengthening and organization of coastal defense and
effective counteraction to land and sea provocations by the Russian
of the NSDC of Ukraine discussed with the leadership of the Naval
Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine the establishment of a ship-boat
group in the Azov Sea.
staying in the Mariupol port, Mr. Turchynov identified with the
leadership of the State Border Guard a set of tasks for technical
support and strengthening of the marine component in providing reliable
protection of the Ukrainian southern border.
of the NSDC of Ukraine visited the forward positions of the Ukrainian
military in Shirokino, who for many years had stayed at the epicenter of
Russian military provocations and shellings, and discussed with the
leadership of the 36th separate marine brigade combat tasks in the
protection of the southern flank of the contact line.
to Oleksandr Turchynov, an adequate counteraction to Russian expansion
requires strengthening the naval presence of Ukraine in the region by
means of "relocating a part of the ship-boat Navy force, deploying
additional watch posts along the coastline and the sea, as well as rapid
deployment forces to counter Russian provocations in the Azov region".
Ukrainian military servicemen duly fulfill the tasks set before them,
reliably protecting the south of Ukraine, and are capable of adequately
counteracting the military provocations of the Russian Federation", -
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.