The representative of the main intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vadim Skibitsky said that Russia has involved the entire composition of the Black Sea Fleet because of the Sea Breeze-2021 military exercises, in which Ukraine and NATO countries participate. This was reported by RIA “New Day”.
According to Skibitsky, Russia is showing its “aggressive intentions”, but the world community “is demonstrating its solidarity with Ukraine.” He also praised the Russian fleet, saying that its potential is “far inferior” to the forces of Kiev’s allies.
“We see that to observe the exercises, Russia has brought into the sea almost all of the available naval personnel, which is performing tasks that are not inherent in it … But Russia is clearly not enough manpower and resources,” said Skibitsky.
Sea Breeze is the largest ever international military exercise held in Ukraine. Exercise Sea Breeze-2021 began on June 28 in the Black Sea and should continue until July 10. The exercise is attended by 5,000 military men from 32 countries, as well as 32 ships, 40 aircraft and 18 special operations teams and diving groups. Some of them will represent NATO countries.
The Sea Breeze military exercises have been held in Ukraine since 1997 in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in Defense and Military Relations between the US and Ukrainian Departments of Defense. In the course of them, sea and land maneuvers are being practiced.