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Pres Poroshenko accepts two former USCG cutters from the US. Update on Russian campaign in Azov Sea including a nice analysis of economic impact.


The United States handed over Island-class patrol boats to the Naval Forces of Ukraine — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During a working visit to the United States, President Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko took part in the solemn ceremony of transferring two Island-class patrol boats to the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The ceremony took place on the territory of the US Coast Guard “Baltimore”. The certificates on transfer of equipment in the presence of the President have been signed by Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA Michael Mcallister and Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko. During a working visit to the United States, President Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko took part in the solemn ceremony of transferring two Island-class patrol boats to the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The ceremony took place on the territory of the US Coast Guard “Baltimore”. The certificates on transfer of equipment in the presence of the President have been signed by Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA Michael Mcallister and Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko. “It is a great privilege for me to be here, in Baltimore. In a place of a century-long traditions. In a place, where the naval might of the United States is maintained. It is my honor to salute the men and women, who serve in the United States Coast Guard. You are carrying out the greatest mission – protect the borders of the Homeland,” Petro Poroshenko noted. “This day marks another milestone in developing a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States,” the Head of State stressed. The President once again emphasized that the US leadership, the President of the United States had once again proven to stand firmly on the guard of international law, to support a freedom-loving people in their quest for peace, democracy and independence. “The first two “Island” boats will become another brick to strengthen a naval alliance between the Ukrainian and American peoples,” the President said, adding that the given assistance would be supplemented by the US assistance for construction of Ukraine’s Navy Command Center in Ochakiv. “Today’s event clearly shows that the Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United States is vibrant and productive,” he stressed. According to the Head of State, this alliance is already deeply rooted in the annual Sea Breeze exercise co-hosted by Ukraine and the US in the Black Sea. This July it was held for the 18th time with the participation of 17 nations. Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA Michael Mcallister noted that over the past 20 years, the Coast Guard has provided 520 assets to 75 partners under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. “The program provides mutually beneficial cooperation with all partners. Our international partners can swiftly improve maritime safety and defense capability. These transfers help secure a long-term international partnership that provides global maritime security,” he said. The Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA also emphasized: “I am convinced that these boats will also serve well in the hands of the Ukrainian Navy. In the hands of skilled sailors, such as US Coast Guard and Ukrainian Navy, the Island-class motor boats have proven themselves to be versatile and efficient assets. Their teams have distinguished themselves in preventing illicit trafficking, emergency response, defense operations and rescue of people in the seas”. Michael Mcallister also told that he had served as a commanding officer at one of those ships: “Coast Guard sailors love these ships”. “It is bittersweet to watch these cutters leave our service, we are proud to see them continue their service lives and remain relevant instruments of global maritime safety and security. We look forward to beginning the transfer process and working with our Ukrainian partners to deliver these outstanding cutters that have served the United States so well,” the Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA noted.

U.S. Coast Guard implements transfer of two 110-foot Island-class cutters to Ukraine – Defence Blog

The U.S. Coast Guard implements a transfer of two former 110-foot Island-class patrol cutters to Ukraine. According to the statement, U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Michael McAllister, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, and Ukrainian Adm. Ihor Voronchenko, Naval Forces of Ukraine Commander, signed a certificate of implementation for the transfer of two 110-foot cutters to the Ukrainian government at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. The official ceremony also was attended by Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko. “It is a great privilege for me to be here, in Baltimore. In a place of a century-long traditions. In a place, where the naval might of the United States is maintained. It is my honor to salute the men and women, who serve in the United States Coast Guard. You are carrying out the greatest mission – protect the borders of the Homeland,” Petro Poroshenko noted. “This day marks another milestone in developing a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States,” the Head of State stressed. The President once again emphasized that the US leadership, the President of the United States had once again proven to stand firmly on the guard of international law, to support a freedom-loving people in their quest for peace, democracy and independence. “The first two “Island” boats will become another brick to strengthen a naval alliance between the Ukrainian and American peoples,” the President said, adding that the given assistance would be supplemented by the US assistance for construction of Ukraine’s Navy Command Center in Ochakiv.

United States transfers two Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine. Photos, video – 28.09.2018 10:12 — Ukrinform News

The ceremony of transfer of two Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine was held at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore on Thursday.&nbsp;

Ukraine is de-facto NATO’s eastern flank, – Poroshenko – 112.international

The U.S. passed Ukraine two Island-class patrol boats, Poroshenko says Ukraine is de-facto NATO’s eastern flank

U.S. hands over Island-class patrol boats to Naval Forces of Ukraine | UNIAN

The United States has handed over two Island-class patrol boats to the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The solemn ceremony took place on the territory of the U.S. Coast Guard “Baltimore” and was attended by Ukrainian President President Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko. The United States has handed over two Island-class patrol boats to the Naval Forces of Ukraine. The solemn ceremony took place on the territory of the U.S. Coast Guard “Baltimore” and was attended by Ukrainian President President Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko, the president’s press service reports. The certificates on transfer of equipment in the presence of the president have been signed by Vice Admiral of the Coast Guard of the USA Michael Mcallister and Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko. “It is a great privilege for me to be here, in Baltimore. In a place of a century-long traditions. In a place, where the naval might of the United States is maintained. It is my honor to salute the men and women, who serve in the United States Coast Guard. You are carrying out the greatest mission – protect the borders of the Homeland,” Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko: U.S. world leader in providing practical assistance to Ukrainian Armed Forces | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has noted a significant contribution of the United States to the development of the Ukrainian Army. So far, Ukraine has got over $1 billion in security assistance from the U.S.

US aid to Ukraine: Reforms of Ukrainian national security and defense sector (28.09.18 11:53) « Economics | Censor.NET

28.09.18 11:53 – Poroshenko: Ukrainian government received over $1B in security assistance from US Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko noted a significant contribution of the United States to the development of the Ukrainian Army. View news.

UAWire – Ukrainian President accuses Russia of planning to occupy the Azov Sea

During his speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26 in New York ,President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of trying to occupy the Azov Sea. “After the occupation of the Crimea, [Russia wants] to occupy the Azov Sea. They illegally built a bridge across the Kerch Strait,” stated the President of Ukraine. Poroshenko said that Russia hinders the navigation of Ukrainian and international vessels in the region. “Such illegal and serious violations must be stopped, including within the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. They must receive a decisive response, including the strengthening of the sanctions policy,” said the President of Ukraine.

Islands for Ukraine: the first photos and exact specifications – Український мілітарний портал

As previously reported, tomorrow September 27, in Baltimore (Maryland), with the participation of the President of Ukraine, a solemn transfer of “Island” boats to Ukraine will take place. USCGC Cushing (WPB-1321) and USCGC Drummond (WPB-1323) rollers are being prepared for the transfer. Both buildings were taken out of the Coast Guard unit last year and were in a state of preservation.This is reported by the Ukrainian military portal with a link to its own sources.The boats are equipped with the AN / SPS-73 general detection radar and the Zodiak Hurricane 540 5.4 meter boat boat. Also, the 25-mm Bushmaster Mk 38 Mod 0 25mm artillery installation has been uncovered on the photo, suggesting that boats will be transferred to Ukraine from regular weapons.

US to transfer Coast Guard ships to Ukraine amid Russia tensions – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)The US Coast Guard plans to transfer two former 110-foot Coast Guard ships to Ukraine during a ceremony on Thursday in Baltimore. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Michael McAllister and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko are expected to attend the transfer ceremony. The transfer of the two armed Coast Guard cutters come as tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov have increased in recent weeks, with Kiev and the US accusing Moscow of interfering with Ukrainian shipping in the region. “The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement late last month. “Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports,” she added. A US defense official told CNN that the cutters Drummond and Cushin were purchased by Ukraine from the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles program. The Island-class cutters are armed with a 25 mm machine gun mount and four .50-caliber machine guns.

US To Transfer Armed Coast Guard Cutters To Ukraine In Continuing Buildup Of Lethal Support – Tsarizm

US To Transfer Armed Coast Guard Cutters To Ukraine In Continuing Buildup Of Lethal Support. Sea Of Azov Conflict Front And Center.

Coast Guard transferring two armed cutters to Ukraine | TheHill

The Coast Guard will transfer two armed cutters to Ukraine at a ceremony Thursday in Baltimore, according to CNN, as tensions wit

US Coast Guard to transfer Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine – 26.09.2018 11:27 — Ukrinform News

The US Coast Guard will transfer two Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine during a ceremony in Baltimore on Thursday, September 27.

Poroshenko, his wife honor John McCain’s memory – 28.09.2018 09:23 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna have honored the memory of U.S. Senator John McCain, the press service of the head of state has reported.

Economic blockade of Ukrainian ports: Attempted annexation of the Sea of Azov (28.09.18 10:37) « Economics | Censor.NET

28.09.18 10:37 – Russia’s economic war against Ukraine: journalists show statistics of Mariupol, Berdiansk ports blockade by Moscow. INFOGRAPHICS Journalists compiled maps that clearly show the economic blockade of the Azov Sea-based Ukrainian ports by the Russian Federation. View photo news.

UAWire – Ukraine conducts exercises on the coast of the Azov Sea

 

The Ukrainian United forces operation units conducted tactical exercises on the coast of the Azov Sea, reported the Ukrainina State Border Service. During the exercises, the crews of armoured vehicles of the State Border Guard Service and tank units of the Armed Forces improved their cooperation in accomplishing tasks related to coast defence and destruction of surface targets and enemy’s marine forces. “During the shooting training, both day and night, sniper teams strengthened their skills in various conditions. Machine-gunners improved their firing accuracy in motion and from fortifications, and the drivers of armoured” tanks “improved the mastery of control while moving in the column, deploying to the battle formation and the implementation of defensive manoeuvres on the coast, “- said in a statement. During the firing practice, both day and night, sniper groups developed their skills of action in different conditions, machine gunners increased the accuracy of firing in motion and from fortifications, and the drivers of Hummer armoured vehicles improved driving skills when moving in the column formation, deployment during combat, and carrying out defensive manoeuvres on the coast,” the statement reads.

Russia’s ‘blockade’ of Sea of Azov ports angers Ukraine

Seagulls whirl over the docks of Ukraine’s port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov as huge cranes once used to unload ships’ cargoes stand idle. The uncharacteristic quiet is the product of rising tensions in the small sea, the waters of which Russia and Ukraine agreed to share more than a decade

Ukraine is Building a Mosquito Navy to Fend Off Russia, With US Help – Defense One

Hostilities in the Sea of Azov are heating up, and the U.S. is increasing its involvement.

UAWire – Ukraine to use trade port infrastructure for its naval base in the Azov Sea

The new Ukrainian naval base that will be created in Berdyansk on the Azov Sea coast will initially use a trade port infrastructure instead of a …

Protecting sovereignty – How to resist Russian pressure in Sea of Azov? – 112.international

Author : Volodymyr Pylypenko Russia is strengthening its military presence in the Azov Sea. Experts warn: our territory can become a new springboard for the aggressive actions of the Kremlin. After the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine automatically lost control over hundreds of kilometers of the sea state border and the coastline.

Ukrainian Navy unveils evidence of Russian provocations in Sea of Azov. Video – 26.09.2018 10:48 — Ukrinform News

A Russian Mongoose-class coast guard motor boat tried to move closer to the Ukrainian ships in the Sea of ​​Azov at high speed.

Ukrainian warships break Russian de-facto blockade in Azov Sea to create naval base |Euromaidan Press |

Ukraine is going to create a naval base in the Sea of Azov amid tensions with Russia in the region. On 23 September the Ukrainian Navy deployed two naval auxiliary vessels to the Sea of Azov. The event could have been routine if only the Kerch Strait, the only sea passage to the Azov Sea, had not been occupied by Russia since spring 2014 after the illegal construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge in early 2018. Since May 2018, Russia keeps illegally detaining and inspecting ships passing between the Black and Azov seas. The passage of the Ukrainian ships became a headache for Russia since it claims the adjacent waters in occupied Crimea are Russian, while the rest of the world considers them Ukrainian. The two ships examined how far Russia will go. Russia chose to do nothing.

Donbas, Korets entered Azov Sea to secure freedom of navigation – Kiriakidi – 26.09.2018 14:56 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian Navy vessels Donbas and Korets entered the Sea of Azov to counteract Russia's provocative actions there, according to Maksym Kiriakidi, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Navy.&nbsp;

Tankers, border guards hold tactical exercises on Sea of Azov coast – 26.09.2018 15:47 — Ukrinform News

Joint tactical exercises have been conducted on the coast of the Sea of Azov to&nbsp;fulfill&nbsp;an order of the Ukrainian Joint Forces commander to maintain a high level of combat training of Joint Forces units, the press service of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has said.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Border Guard detachments conducted a tactical exercise that included a simulated aggression from the sea – Army, Border Guard units hold drills on Sea of Azov coast – 112.international

Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Border Guard detachments conducted a tactical exercise that included a simulated aggression from the sea. The drills involved the use of tank units and other armored vehicles, the press service of Ukraine’s State Border Guard reports. ‘Crews of the Border Guard’s armored cars and tank detachments of Ukraine’s Armed Forces that act together within the Joint Forces Operation improved their skills in the teamwork, while completing the tasks to defend the coastline and to destroy the hostile naval targets and the naval assault groups’,e the message said. The drills were held both in the daytime and in the nighttime. The State Border Guard added that the exercise involved active use of snipers, machinegunners and Humvee armored cars. ‘Special attention was paid to tactical medicine, as the troops practiced in administering early medical assistance and evacuating the wounded under attack,’ the press office concluded.

Poroshenko calls on tougher sanctions against Russia over blocking of shipping in Sea of Azov | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the international community to step up sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the blocking of shipping by Russia in the Sea of Azov. Russia systematically disrupts international navigation through the Kerch Strait.

Naval base in Azov Sea to counter mine threat – 112.international

The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Navy Andriy Ryzhenko noted that the ships of Ukrainian border guards repeatedly suffer from the sea mines.

UAWire – Ukrainian Police finds secret water pipeline running from Kherson region into Crimea

Ukrainian law enforcement officers found a clandestine water pipeline running into annexed Crimea from the Kherson region, as reported on the website of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. The water supply well was fifteen meters away from the boundary line. According to preliminary information, a concealed plastic pipe was laid before 2014 and leads to an industrial enterprise in the Crimea. “During the pre-trial investigation against CJSC Crimean Titan, two water supply wells in the Kalanchak region which, according to the documents were designed solely for extracting underground water and supplying the above-mentioned company, were examined. Searches revealed a hidden water pipeline going from one of the wells through the boundary line to the annexed territory in the direction of the factory PJSC Crimean Titan. Hidden and unaccounted water supply was carried out through these pipelines,” the Prosecutor’s General Office stated. The well could potentially carry 250 liters of water per hour. During the investigations, supplies were documented and stopped. The Prosecutor’s Office is identifying persons who may be involved in setting up the pipeline. After Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014, water supplies from mainland Ukraine to the peninsula were stopped. Ukrainian authorities repeatedly stated that the water supply would be resumed only after the peninsula is returned to Ukraine.

What caused the environmental disaster in occupied Crimea? A chemist explains |Euromaidan Press |

Overnight into the Ukrainian Independence Day, 24 August, an environmental disaster occurred in the North-Crimean city of Armiansk, home to about 22,000 people, lying near the administrative border to mainland Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast. The local residents told on social media that they had smelled an acidic odor. They described a greasy “rust-like” substance, similar to old engine oil, which coated plants and houses, and made metal items go rusty outdoors and indoors. People started experiencing eye, throat, and skin irritations. Later reports came on pets having started to suffer and sometimes die. The Crimeans suspected that an unknown substance was spewed into the air by the nearby “Crimean Titan” plant, which produces concentrated sulfuric acid and uses it to dissolve titanium dioxide from ilmenite, the titanium ore. The occupation authorities evacuated children from Armiansk only two weeks after the incident and blamed Ukraine for the disaster, referring to the plant belonging to Yanukovych-era fugitive oligarch Dmytro Firtash as Ukrainian, and alleging that the lack of water in the North-Crimean Canal caused the emission. Ukraine had halted water supply to Crimea back in 2014 shortly after Russia had annexed the peninsula. We tried to find out what could cause the air pollution.

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