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Ukraine takes refurbished US Coast Guard boats amid Russia standoff

Ukraine obtained two refitted former US Coast Guard vessels meant to bolster the nation’s navy Tuesday as Russia masses thousands of troops and navy gear on the border between the 2 nations.

The Ukrainian navy introduced that the boats had arrived on the Black Sea port of Odessa.

“We appreciate the contribution of the United States to deter the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” stated naval commander Oleksiy Neyizhpapa.

The vessels are a part of greater than $2.5 billion in navy help Ukraine has obtained from the US since 2014, when Russia illegally annexed the province of Crimea, setting off a struggle that has claimed greater than 14,000 lives. ​

Meanwhile, Russian forces​ close to jap Ukraine have stepped up their fight readiness and have been finishing up large-scale workout routines, Ukraine’s protection ministry stated Tuesday. 

Another pictured of the boats arriving in Odessa.
The patrol boat shall be concerned in guaranteeing Ukraine’s maritime safety within the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine, the US and NATO say the buildup of troops signifies that Russia is getting ready for a navy invasion, claims that the Kremlin has denied as misinformation. 

But Ukraine’s protection ministry stated ​Russia is “increasing the combat readiness of the Russian occupation forces in the temporarily occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” referring to ​the ​war-torn Donbass​ area of jap Ukraine​.​

US officers instructed Reuters that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions are unclear, with not one of the Americans saying they anticipate an imminent assault.

The State Department stated Monday it’s “concerned” by Russian troop actions within the area.

​”​We’re involved figuring out that, in fact, we will’t converse to the intentions of the Russian Federation, however we’re involved as a result of we’re aware of the playbook that Moscow has used up to now,” spokesman Ned Price instructed reporters.

“And if you look back, as the Secretary [Antony Blinken] has said, to 2014, you saw Moscow amass forces on the border and then claim a pretextual provocation that caused them to go into Crimea and to eastern Ukraine​,” Price added.

The spokesman reiterated the administration’s assist for Ukraine however declined to elaborate on how the US would reply within the occasion of an invasion.​

“​What we don’t want to do at this point is to telegraph our playbook,” Price stated. “What we have said is that any escalatory or aggressive actions on the part of Moscow would be of great concern to the United States, to our European partners as well​.”

With Post wires

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