US providing Ukraine with ships to continue attacks on the coast of DPR
The Ukrainian Navy has recently in March attacked twice the coast of the Donetsk People's Republic. Yesterday, on Sunday, the DPR military command told that Ukraine lost 5 marines in latest navy attack in the Azov sea near Mariupol. On Monday, Sputnik news reports Ukrainian navy statement, that United States is willing to deliver for Ukrainians Island-class patrol boats.
The Ukrainian Navy started military escalation in the coast of the DPR on 4th of March: "For the first time in a long period, Ukrainian navy has used gunboats at the coast of the Donetsk People's Republic near Mariupol. Gunboat attack on the south of the Donetsk Republic was reported by the DPR Command."
"Marine units applied military boats (motor-boats) moored in Mariupol, for the first time in a long period," said the Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia, Eduard Basurin.
Read more: Ukrainian gunboats shelled the coast of Donetsk - DPR Command (03/05/2017)
On Saturday, 11th of March, attacks continue: "Ukrainian forces tried to attack the DPR army’s positions on the shore of the Azov sea with two combatant crafts, reports the DPR Operational Command on Sunday.
“Yesterday, following the order of the Ukrainian 73rd naval special warfare centre’s Commander, the 1st rank captain, Eduard Shevchenko, two combatant crafts entered the DPR territorial waters in Bezymennoye locality’s area, to undertake the reconnaissance and provocations firing at our positions, thus conducting the fighting reconnaissance. We had to open the return fire with small arms and antitank guided weapons, which resulted in serious damage of one of the combatant crafts which was dragged away today,” said Basurin.
According to the DPR People's Militia Vice-Commander, the failed attack resulted in the death of two soldiers and three soldiers being wounded.
Read more: Five Ukrainian marines killed in attempt of attack on DPR positions on Azov seashore (03/13/2017)
Meanwhile, First Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Andriy Tarasov said that the US patrol boats that can be handed over to Ukraine are either obsolescent or obsolete and will be replaced by new vessels with extended capabilities, but they still remain combat-capable.
"To make it clear – these are not second-hand [vessels]. A boat that is delivered by a NATO member country has been maintained in the way that its combat capacity remains almost unchanged. For example, 20 years are quite okay for a missile boat, it remains fully combat-capable," Tarasov assured.
Ukraine's Navy is currently equipped with one frigate, the Hetman Sahaydachniy, commissioned in 1993, one corvette, one landing cutter, and several dozen small patrol and missile boats, minesweepers, command, reconnaissance and support ships.
DONi News Agency