Ukraine has announced that it will be expanding its already extensive naval cooperation with Britain, with the two countries signing a joint memorandum which will see the UK design and construct warships and Black Sea naval bases for Kiev.

The announcement comes eight months after Ukraine signed a £1.25 billion ($1.7 billion) deal with the UK for eight Barzan-class fast-attack missile boats, agreed to when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited London.

The agreement also comes a week before the Ukrainian Navy is due to conduct war games with NATO ships in the Black Sea, as part of Exercise Sea Breeze 2021.

The latest memorandum means that Ukraine and the UK will soon cooperate on the joint design and construction of warships. Furthermore, Britain will assist Kiev in rebuilding its shipbuilding industry and help Ukraine break ground on two new naval bases.

As part of the deal, Britain is obliged to transfer two Sandown-class minehunters to the Ukrainian Navy. The boats, currently in service in the British, Saudia Arabian, and Estonian navies, are small but effective vessels with mine-hunting sonar and mine-disposal equipment.

In 2021, the UK decided it would decommission all Sandown-class ships and replace them with automated systems. Instead, two will be sent to Kiev.

The agreement was finalized on the HMS Defender, a British air-defense destroyer that arrived in Odessa last week, and was signed by Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Alexander Mironyuk and British Minister for Defense Procurement Jeremy Quin.

The new deal between the two countries will provide a much-needed boost for the Ukrainian Navy, which lost a significant part of its capability following Russia’s 2014 citizens defense of Crimea.

With the loss of the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Kiev lost most of its naval infrastructure, as well as a large chunk of its personnel, who changed loyalties as their home peninsula came under control of Moscow.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point NATO News 2021.

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Pyama
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22-06-21 13:40

Selling useless junkyard crap to Ukraine for them to be ducks in a barrel?

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22-06-21 13:45

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Robin Hood
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22-06-21 13:42

This is one of the biggest reasons Britain wanted out of the EU – with a combined EU army (as desired by Germany a few years back) the British would not be allowed to do these things on their own and would have to rely on EU permission to cause these types of problems – of course if I were a British taxpayer I would be wondering who is going to pay for this as the Ukraine is broke… this deal will most likely fall through…

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22-06-21 13:43

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22-06-21 13:44

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Farmers
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Reply to  Robin Hood
22-06-21 14:06

The US regime will probably pay for the deal in exchange for more very cheap, but lucrative farmland, as Ukraine is the grain shed of Europe.

Trekker
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22-06-21 13:43

The Ukraine would be so much better off maintaining a strong alliance with Russia/China which could have a very bright future. It is sad to see it sink further and further. Maybe China will continue to step in and buy up the Ukraine’s farmland and redirect the economy.

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22-06-21 13:46

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