US coast guard provides two patrol boats for Ukraine

16:24, 23 November 2021
US coast guard provides two patrol boats for Ukraine Photo: Komsomolskaya Pravda/Global Look Press

Two patrol boats were given to Ukraine from the US Coast Guard which will strengthen the numbers and the force of the Ukrainian navy.

"We appreciate the contribution of the United States to deter the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine," Ukrainian naval commander Oleksiy Neyizhpapa said in a statement.

The two boats are part of the $2.5 billion of aid that was given to Ukraine since the start of the country’s crisis in 2014.

A special commemoration event was organised.

For the handover of the boats to pass successfully they have undergone re-equipment and training of crews.

The graduation of the crew took place in Baltimore and was attended by both American and Ukranian diplomats.

"Of course, we know and see how capable our crews are, how patriotic, ready, and able they are to defend our sovereignty and our state in the Black Sea," Ukrainian ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova said during the event.

Earlier, Ukraine said that 114,000 Russian military personnel were deployed close to Ukrainian borders.

One of the main countries involved in the recent tensions, Russia, commented on the news by saying that the US is escalating the situation by providing more military equipment to Ukraine.

“We are deeply concerned about the provocative actions of the Ukrainian armed forces on the line of contact and preparations for a possible military solution of the Donbass problem,” Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitriy Peskov said in a statement.

“Who’ll be attacking whom? Russia — Ukraine or Ukraine — Russia? We assert that Ukraine is planning aggressive actions against Donbass,” he added.

However, despite the rising concerns it is unlikely that the situation will grow into an open conflict, experts think. Even though the West and the US are still considering the scenario that Russia might organise an invasion into Ukraine.

Recently, American officials warned EU counterparts about Russian potential invasion of Ukraine, Bloomberg reported.