Posted on November 30, 2018
It comes as tensions between Ukraine and Russia increase over the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, resulting in Russia seizing three Ukrainian naval ships. Ukraine accused Russia of “openly aggressive actions” after one of its tugboats was rammed by a Russian coast guard vessel off the coast of Crimea. The incident took place on Sunday, as two Ukrainian navy artillery boats and a tugboat was sailing from Odessa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, via the Kerch Strait, a narrow passage between Crimea and the Russian mainland. British troops are now putting the Ukrainian’s through their passes as they join them on Operation Orbital. They are looking to aid their allies by passing on hard-won expertise. Ukraine has promised to implement reforms to achieve its ambition of being a NATO nation by 2020.