NATO to Provide Ukraine with Five Anti-Mine Ships Amid Black Sea Threats

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, April 15, 2024
NATO to Provide Ukraine with Five Anti-Mine Ships Amid Black Sea Threats

Ukraine is set to receive five anti-mine ships from NATO to bolster its naval capabilities in the Black Sea, according to Dmytro Pletenchuk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Armed Forces

Pletenchuk discussed this development during a telethon, highlighting the persistent threat of mines in the Black Sea, which remains a significant challenge not only for Ukraine but also for its neighbors, including NATO members Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

Pletenchuk explained, "The Black Sea requires a comprehensive demining operation. Although such an operation has been planned and a headquarters established, and ship crews are being prepared, the Montreux Convention currently restricts these NATO ships from entering Black Sea waters."

The spokesperson also provided updates on the operational status of other naval assets. Ukrainian crews for the ships "Cherkasy" and "Chernigiv," previously handed over by Britain, have completed their training. "They are now in service. Last year, they achieved the first level of compatibility with NATO countries, and this year, we hope to reach the highest rating—the second level of compatibility," Pletenchuk stated.

Additionally, preparations are underway for the handover of three more ships from the Netherlands and Belgium, with their crews continuing to undergo training. "In total, we plan to receive five mine-resistant ships," he confirmed.

This announcement comes amid ongoing assessments of the damage inflicted on the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, as Ukraine continues to strengthen its naval defense capabilities in response to regional security threats.

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