Ukraine working on new maritime strategy – Zelensky

"VAN" (International Desk - 07.07.2024) :: President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Ukraine is working on a new maritime strategy, which will soon be approved by the National Security and Defense Council.

He said this in his evening video address, Ukrinform reports with reference to the president’s press service.

First, I am grateful to all the warriors who enable the strikes of our Ukrainian drones. The Russian state must feel the response to its actions against our state and people, and this response to them is now evident. Ukrainian drones are already a global brand.

Second, we are working on a new strategy for our state at sea – the Ukrainian Maritime Strategy. This strategy will soon be approved by the National Security and Defense Council – its points are being finalized now. We understand clearly that the war has altered the power dynamics across our entire Black Sea region, and that the Russian fleet will never dominate these waters again. We are securing our interests, taking into account Ukraine's new technological capabilities and our new relations with partners. From now on, Ukraine will always stand as a nation capable of defending its own maritime interests, transportation arteries, and the interests of our allies and partners. I am grateful to all our people who make this possible. The Ukrainian Navy, all defense and security agencies involved, and the defense industry – public and private companies working for Ukrainian strength.

Third, international communication. This week we have already significantly bolstered our air defense capabilities, and next week will be the time to continue such steps. Every day, together with our team, we meticulously work with partners on pertinent agreements – both within the Air Defense and F16 Coalitions, and on a bilateral basis – in particular, with America. We are preparing the result that Ukraine and our joint security with partners need.

And one more thing. Unfortunately, a terrible accident occurred today in the Rivne region near the village of Verkhiv. A truck collided with a minibus, carrying many people. As of now, fourteen people, including a child, are reported dead. My condolences to all the families and friends. All the circumstances are being investigated – how and why this happened. All the necessary services are there, on the site. As soon as more details emerge, law enforcement and regional authorities will provide further updates to the media.


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