In response to Russia's aggressive activities, Ukraine Navy deployed new forces, systematically increasing its grouping in the Sea of ​​Azov, that's according to a Navy Commander, Admiral Ihor Voronchenko.

In his New Year's greeting, Admiral Voronchenko recalled that in 2018, the Navy increased its combat capabilities of the maritime, coastal, and air components.

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Voronchenko also recalled the attack and seizure by Russia of Ukrainian warships and crews off the coast of the occupied Crimea.

Earlier, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that in January a group of military personnel of the British Navy would arrive in Ukraine to assess the volume of assistance the Ukrainian military require.