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05.12.18 18:46

Russia masters hybrid warfare techniques in Black, Azov Seas, ex-Navy commander says

The capacity and combat potential of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has increased tenfold in five years after the occupation of Crimea

Russia masters hybrid warfare techniques in Black, Azov Seas, ex-Navy commander says

Serhiy Haiduk, the former commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine told journalists, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We need to understand that the act of aggression, which occurred on November 25, is a tactical episode as Russia has further geopolitical plans and geopolitical directions. Russia, let's say, is mastering the forms and techniques of hybrid war at sea in the region of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov," 

According to him, the capacity and combat potential of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has increased tenfold in five years after the occupation of Crimea. In particular, a triad of carriers of guided missile weapons has been created: submarines, surface ships and aircraft.

"Moreover, some of the crews and ships have gained combat experience in the combat use of guided missile weapons in the Syrian conflict," Haiduk stressed.

Russia has already taken "certain steps" in restoring and deploying tactical nuclear weapons in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, he noted.

On Nov. 25, Russian border vessels committed aggressive actions against three Ukrainian ships that set sail from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Azov Sea. After that, Russian special forces opened fire on the Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu, small armored artillery boats Berdiansk and Nikopol in the Kerch Strait and seized them. There were 23 sailors on board the ships, and six of them were wounded.

Russia announced its intention to try detained Ukrainian sailors for allegedly illegal crossing of the Russian state border.

On Nov. 26, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine related to the latest developments in the Black and Azov Seas.

Later on the same day, Ukraine's parliament gave the green light to a presidential decree on the introduction of martial law for 30 days in 10 regions of Ukraine – Vinnytsia region, Luhansk region, Mykolaiv region, Odesa region, Sumy region, Kharkiv region, Chernihiv region, Kherson region, Donetsk region and Zaporizhia region, as well as the inland waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On Nov. 28, the Russian rubberstamp district court of Simferopol city in Crimea arrested 24 Ukrainian sailors, who had been captured by Russian FSB near the Kerch Strait, for two months. They all face six years in prison.

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