The transfer to the Black Sea fleet of new ships, announced by the leadership of the Russian Federation, is aimed at strengthening the military presence in the Crimea with the subsequent inclusion of Sevastopol into Russia, following the example of Kaliningrad. This forecast was announced to me by naval officers based in Odessa:
“These plans cannot but concern us, because, unlike the political leadership, we, as the military, are well aware of the consequences of such plans. We took the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine, and we will fulfill it with honor in case of any threat to the sovereignty of the country. ”
The former commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Igor Tenyuk, commented to the Day’s publication this statement by the leadership of the Russian Federation:
“As is known, Shoigu also announced that Russia wants to update the Black Sea Fleet in the number of 16 surface ships and six submarines. But, according to the agreements existing between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the latter does not have the right to upgrade weapons, increase the number of equipment that is located on the territory of Ukraine, that is, in the Crimea. What the current Ukrainian leadership will do is hard for me to say. But I think they have enough sense not to allow it. Russia will try to do this because it needs to increase its presence in Sevastopol with the subsequent strategic idea - to make it like Kaliningrad, which is no longer a secret. How can this be achieved? Through the buildup of military force until a certain period, and later - raising the issue to the diplomatic level. But Ukraine has no right to allow this to happen! ”Said Tenyuk.
Earlier, while still prime minister, Vladimir Putin zealously advocated “deepening humanitarian relations” with Ukraine, since, in his opinion, this is more important than economic ties. And the Minister of Education Tabachnik, and the Russian “fifth column” in the Ukrainian parliament, headed by V. Kolesnichenko, helped him with this effort. By the way, elected to the BP from Sevastopol. Hence the “roots” and authorship of the new Law of Ukraine “On the basis of the state language policy”.
All the years of independence, in relations between Russia and Ukraine, the Crimea and Sevastopol were no less stumbling blocks than gas. Today they added the vehicle. There is still no clarity in the negotiations on these issues, and this cannot but enrage Russia, wishing to “crush” Ukraine by any means and methods, under its sole influence, essentially turning it into a satellite of the Russian Federation.
“Kharkiv agreements”, on which “regionals” pinned their hopes, and “benefits” from which they so ardently defended in parliament and society, despite their ambiguous assessment in Ukrainian society, Russia did not fulfill, and Ukraine promised not received. But even they could be a “prelude” to the now announced plans of the Russian Federation for the annexation of Sevastopol, as they say, “at gunpoint”.
After the last visit of V. Yanukovych “on a visit” to V. Putin, and then the signing of a course on the EU by Yanukovych, from the mouths of the first persons of the Russian Federation, a lot of harsh and offensive statements and comments were made to him and to Ukraine. Among them was announced the so-called. “Renewal” of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Sevastopol, and in fact, the strengthening of Russia's military presence in the Crimea.
So, the quiet expansion of Russia in Ukraine from the humanitarian and economic planes also quietly develops into the military sphere.
The violation of agreements between Ukraine and Russia on the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol has been repeatedly violated earlier. And Russia can go and not yet for one violation - if it got away with it earlier, it will come down now. The reaction of the country's leadership in all these cases of violations was a sluggish, unconstructive situation and reducing everything “on the brakes”. And the appeals of various Russian politicians for the annexation of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation have also been repeatedly heard. They caused a heated discussion in the society and the political beau monde of Ukraine and were evaluated only as provocations of these individuals. But no one rated them as “artillery preparation” for the subsequent plans of the Russian Federation to increase their military presence in Sevastopol. And such plans are a direct threat to the national security and sovereignty of Ukraine.
The “chess game” between Russia and Ukraine continues. Putin made his next move. How will Yanukovych answer? Will play "defense Karakan" or "Sicilian defense"?
The question is, of course, interesting ...
And we all remain “hostages” of the result of this “chess game” - citizens of Ukraine.