“We don’t know what the president is [Vladimir] Putin’s intention is, but we do know what happened in the past,” Brinken said during a visit to Senegal on Saturday, referring to Russia’s military invasion of neighboring countries, whether admitted or not.
“We do know that we are trying to quote some false provocations from Ukraine or any other country, and then use this as an excuse to make a script of what Russia has always planned to do.”
The Kremlin’s response was to accuse Western countries of “hysteria” for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Due to the tension in the region, CNN joined the Ukrainian navy ship from Berdyansk on Ukraine’s Azov coastline. He said that under normal circumstances, the crew of Commander Ovchar would encounter six or seven Russian Coast Guard patrol boats, but in this mission, none.
The sea he is patrolling borders Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow after a disputed referendum in 2014, which violates international law.
But Ukraine has a plan to try to prevent Moscow from taking full control of the waters connecting Ukraine’s two largest ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol.
Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov announced on November 13 that he would speed up the construction of a new naval port in Berdyansk.
On Tuesday, CNN obtained exclusive access to the “Sehid” or “East” base under construction.
Obviously, a lot of work needs to be done to bring this base close to completion.
The goal is to complete the first phase of the construction before the end of the year-to build a new living quarter, administrative building and a small medical facility on the original site of the abandoned tin factory. However, in less than six weeks, the main building does not even have a roof.
A special team of military builders worked hard in the process of laying bricks, smashing cement, and laying bricks. The Ukrainian flag was flying as they worked.
When we walked to the port and joined a commercial port, the scale of the task at hand became more severe.
“This will be the location of the pier,” said second-class Captain Alexander Surdick, pointing to the messy piles of warped metal and boulders in the sea. “We plan to complete this part within two years.”
But Ukraine may not have two years to prepare for the conflict.
The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to invade Ukraine.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday: “The U.S. and Ukrainian media claimed that Russia is preparing to launch an attack on Ukraine. Hostilities.”. “We are deeply concerned about the provocative actions of the Ukrainian armed forces on the line of contact and the preparations for an attempt to forcibly resolve the Donbass issue.”
Ukraine’s allies have begun to respond to new threats they believe are coming from their eastern neighbors.
If Russia invades Ukraine, the United States is also considering imposing sanctions on its European allies.
Last week, the British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace visited Ukraine and signed an agreement to “Develop Ukrainian Naval Power”. CNN was informed on Tuesday that part of the transaction will be concentrated in Berdyansk.
On the same day, the Ukrainian Navy announced the arrival of two “Island-type” ships named “Fastiv” and “Sumy” delivered from Baltimore, USA to Odessa, Ukraine.
“Soon, these ships will raise the flag of the Ukrainian Navy, and under the command of the Ukrainian crew, they will begin their combat journey to ensure maritime security in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov,” Admiral Alexei Nei Said Alexey Neizhpapa.
The bigger question is whether the new Ukrainian ships and infrastructure, plus warnings from the West, are sufficient to act as a deterrent.
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