Ukraine will receive Island-class patrol boats from the US in the summer of 2019. About this on Friday, December 28, said the commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Igor Voronchenko.
“In July, they (boats – ed.) Should be in Ukraine. Crews are being prepared, the procedure for completing these ships and the procedure for joint training at the base in Baltimore have been agreed upon (in the USA – approx. Ed.). The last measures that we have to take in order for the boats to arrive in Ukraine as soon as possible are adjusted, ”said Voronchenko.
It was also reported that in 2019 the Naval Forces of Ukraine would be replenished with four combat boats “Centaur” and “Gyurza-M”.
To the question of how he assesses the balance of power between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov, Voronchenko answered:
“Now, unfortunately, not in favor of Ukraine in both quantitative and qualitative proportions. The vast majority of ships and boats of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation and the FSB are located in the Sea of Azov. According to our calculations, their number has already exceeded one hundred. Directly those ships and boats that can fully perform tasks on the Russian side are about 36-40 units. In Ukraine, unfortunately, there are now two boats and two ships. Now consider what may be the ratio. “
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