NATO Statement on Release of Kidnapped Ukrainian Sailors

September 7, 2019 – We welcome that the Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia last November are finally back home, as well as the film-maker Oleg Sentsov. This is a step in the right direction. NATO continues to call on Russia to fulfil all its obligations under the Minsk Agreements, including the release of all prisoners. At the same time, it remains important to establish the truth and accountability for the downing of flight MH17, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166.

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USS Carney Departs Odesa

July 9, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Odesa, Ukraine, July 9, 2019, after completing a scheduled port visit as part of exercise Sea Breeze 2019. While in port, Sailors assigned to Carney were able to train alongside partner navies while taking part in visit, board, search, and seizure drills, and command and control simulations at the Ukrainian Naval Training Center where they participated in both fire-fighting and pipe-patching exercises in the Ukrainian Navy’s survivability training building. As part of a competitive team-building activity, they were also able to…

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Sea Breeze 2019 Partners Celebrate Navy Day in Ukraine

July 9, 2019 – Ukranian President joined the Ukrainian Navy, military members from exercise Sea Breeze 2019, and the people of Ukraine to celebrate Navy Day in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7. While at the public event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made remarks, presented medals to Ukrainian service members, visited with Ukrainians, toured foreign ships and attended several meetings and briefings. “As we strive for more than strong and well-equipped Navy forces, as we are heading to this goal, our allies are standing shoulder to shoulder with us,” said Zelenskyy during…

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Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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NATO Frigates Toronto and Santa Maria in Odessa

April 1, 2019 – “The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria (F-81) have moored to the berth of the Odessa Marine Station. These ships carry out the patrol in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). They arrived in Odesa on a friendly visit to have a rest and will stay there for three days,” the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reports. As noted, Toronto and Santa Maria entered the Black Sea…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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USS Donald Cook Makes Port Call in Odessa

February 25, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2019 for a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our region partners. Since arriving in the Black Sea on Feb. 19, 2019, the ship’s crew conducted maritime interoperability training exercises with the Turkish navy. These operations enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and Black Sea partners. This is the fourth U.S. ship visit to Odesa since January 2018. While in…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership

November 21, 2018 – The UK and Ukraine will continue to strengthen their defense partnership in the face of intensifying threats and aggression, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed today. In a meeting with the visiting Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises that will see the two countries’ Armed Forces continue to work together in defense of the international rules-based order. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom.…

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Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

August 30, 2018 – The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports. Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms. The United States supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its…

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine

The 18th iteration of exercise Sea Breeze kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine, July 9. Sea Breeze is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on a variety of warfare areas, officials said. “This annual multinational maritime exercise has enhanced our interoperability and capabilities among participating forces,” said Navy Capt. Matthew Lehman, commodore of Task Force 65. “The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security and foster trust among participating nations.” Some…

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USS Carney Arrives in Odessa

USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Jan. 8, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit to Odessa demonstrates a shared commitment to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with partners in the Black Sea. “As a Forward-Deployed Naval Forces – Europe destroyer, returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is a familiar mission. Carney was here during the summer in support of Sea Breeze 2017, and we look forward to improving our cooperative capability with the Ukrainian Navy,” said Cmdr.…

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USS James E. Williams Arrives in Odessa

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Nov. 29, 2017, for a scheduled port visit. While in Odessa, the Sailors aboard James E. Williams will be hosting a reception on the ship as well as engaging in a community relations project with the local community. “I think this project will be a really awesome opportunity to interact with the locals and get a unique experience in the city,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Deluca, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The Sailors aboard the ship will be…

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