The situation in eastern Ukraine was tense again, and Russia sent 15 warships to the Black Sea on Saturday to maneuver.
The Russian Navy announced that they passed through the Kerch Gate near the Crimean Peninsula on Saturday, Interfax reported.
Did not say how long the exercise will last.
Turkish sources said that after Russia’s opposition, the United States previously cancelled its plan to deploy two warships in the Black Sea.
On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that certain waters off the coast of Crimea will be closed for several months due to exercises. He added that traffic across the strait will not be disturbed.
The European Union, NATO and Ukraine criticized Russia’s actions. A senior EU official said this is an “extremely worrying development.”
There is increasing international concern about the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine due to the deployment of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.
At the same time, Sergei Nayev, the head of Ukrainian military operations, said that he did not expect to start a new war.
He told Ukrainian TV on Friday night: “We have not seen any preparations for an attack there.”
He said: “Actually, a Polish hospital has been established. All units are in the camp of the training camp.”
“We use military language to express power.”
At the same time, according to the FSB’s domestic intelligence agency, a Ukrainian diplomat was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving classified Russian documents, which was inconsistent with the status of the diplomat.