In the Navy of Ukraine responded to the words of Putin on the transfer of ships from Crimea
MOSCOW, 11 Feb — RIA Novosti. The proposal of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the transfer of Kiev remaining in the Crimea of Ukrainian military equipment should be carefully examined, said the commander of naval forces of Ukraine Vice-Admiral Igor Voronchenko, the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
“This requires very careful study, so we didn’t stay a bargaining chip,” — said Voronchenko. In his opinion, with the proposal to transfer the equipment to Kiev may be hiding some “game” of the Kremlin.
The final decision on this matter will be taken “at the highest level of political leadership of the state”, said the commander of the Ukrainian Navy.
Voronchenko also claims that almost all equipment remained on the Peninsula, supposedly was repaired. According to him, eight warships are on the move there was only a large landing ship Konstantin Olshansky. In addition, the Corvette Lutsk was under repair, “but was almost repaired,” assured the commander of the Navy.
“The Corvette Ternopil, the Dnieper region, Khmelnitsky on the move, two minesweeper Cherkassy and Chernigov on the go… Submarine, 70 percent have been repaired, there was a need to replace the valves”, the military said. He added that in the Crimea there was equipment for two battalions of infantry fighting vehicles and two battalions of armored personnel carriers.
“They were practically ready by 15-20 per cent beyond repair,” — said Voronchenko.
On Thursday during the meeting with the heads of Russian media and news agencies, Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to give Ukraine the military ships and aircraft from the Crimea, noting that it is “in poor condition”.
According to him, the Ukrainian military can take dozens of ships and aircraft, however, the ammunition cannot be transported, so it must be disposed of on site.