Published on: Oct 24, 2018 @ 13:33 – Ukrainian media recently wrote that “one of the most powerful ships” in the country will return to the sea of Azov after undergoing repairs. However, the ship – while the best in Ukraine’s navy – falls far short by any standard.
For military analyst Sergei Chennyk, by relocating the 205P BG-32 project ship from Donbass to the Sea of Azov, Ukraine will only create more problems for itself.
The expert recalls that the ship was in very poor condition even before 1994, when the Soviet Black Sea Fleet was split into Russian and Ukrainian.
“Perhaps this is very important for Ukraine because the ship has already been nominated as a flagship of the Ukrainian fleet in the Sea of Azov as its main force of attack. In fact this does not change in any way the correlation of forces in the region,” said Chennyk, describing the vessel as “poorly armed” and “low-speed”.
In addition, he points out, after a general repair, a ship is not able to perform as many tasks as when it was launched into the sea.
Attempts to show the Donbass as one of the “most powerful” military equipment in the region are just a demonstration of strength on the part of Kiev, Chennyk finds.
According to him, nowadays, the Ukrainian Navy is in a “catastrophic” state, it has neither resources nor conception of combat.
Previously, Ukrainian media reported that the ship had been repaired and was ready to re-enter the service, calling the vessel “one of the most powerful equipment” of the country’s navy.
Situation in the Sea of Azov
Since the beginning of this year, naval incidents have been recorded between Moscow and Kiev in the Azov Sea area.
Moscow calls the actions of Kiev as “maritime terrorism”, strengthening customs inspections on its part of the sea of Azov. In response, the Ukrainian side accused Russia of “pursuing a tough policy of stopping and inspecting ships.”
In early September, Ukrainian officials announced plans to establish a naval base off the coast of the Sea of Azov and to transfer two armored boats to the area.
On September 22, the Ukrainian ship Donbass and the Korets deep-sea tugboat sailed along the Crimean coast and entered the exclusive economic zone of Russia. Several Russian warships escorted the Ukrainian ships.