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First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatiuk warns over 120 ships and boats of the Russian Federation have already been deployed in the Sea of Azov.

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"The situation is serious and rather threatening," he said at the Lviv Security Forum, the Ukrainian news agency LIGA.net reports.

According to Servatiuk, after the seizure of Crimea and the occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the next goal of Russia is to seize the Azov region.

He recalled Ukraine had already begun to step up its presence in the Sea of Azov, namely it is planned to transfer ships from the Danube. What is more, the repaired "Donbas" ship has been deployed there. It is also planned to modernize the posts of technical observation and create anti-airborne defense infrastructure.