Ukraine vows to reclaim Black Sea with foreign weapons — RT Russia and former Soviet Union

Defense Minister Reznikov claimed Danish-supplied Harpoon missiles would help kyiv regain vital waters

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said on Saturday that Kyiv “will win again” its conflict with Russia. Like other Ukrainian officials, Reznikov pinned his hopes on foreign-supplied weapons, in particular Harpoon anti-ship missiles supplied by Denmark.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday, Reznikov thanked “various” country to replenish Ukraine’s stockpile of 155mm artillery shells, and praised the United States for a recent delivery of M777 155mm howitzers and more than 100 drones of various types.

“I would also like to inform that the coastal defense of our country will not only be reinforced with Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams”, he added. On Monday, following a virtual meeting of American allies, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that Denmark would send an unknown number of these missiles to Ukraine.

Boeing’s A/U/RGM-84 Harpoon is the US Navy’s standard anti-ship missile, with an estimated range of around 300 km. It has active radar guidance and skims the surface until it hits its target, at which point it can execute a “pop-up” maneuver and strike from above. Harpoons are normally launched from surface ships or attack aircraft, but launchers can be removed from ships for use ashore.

“I am convinced that the military brotherhood of harpoons and our Neptunes will help us to liberate and make our Black Sea safe again, as well as reliably protect Odessa,” he added. Reznikov said. “Neptunes” refers to a Ukrainian-made cruise missile that kyiv claims it used to hit a Russian warship in April. Moscow has not confirmed these claims.

Reznikov is not the first Ukrainian official to issue bold statements about retaking the Black Sea, which has been mostly under the control of the Russian Navy since the start of the conflict. After the announcement of the Danish harpoon delivery on Monday, Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko tweeted that the United States was “preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet”, a statement that the Pentagon immediately denied.

A previous Ukrainian attempt to retake the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island ended in failure. Russia said the assault on the island, which took place earlier this month, cost Ukraine 30 drones, 14 planes and three ships.

kyiv has accused Russia of blockading the vital port city of Odessa, preventing food shipments from entering and leaving Ukraine. Moscow said logistical problems stemmed from Ukraine mining the Black Sea, although Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday it had cleared part of the Sea of ​​Azov and cleared the way for ships civilians. Another three-mile-wide naval corridor in the Black Sea has been maintained by the Russian Navy for some time and remains open to traffic.

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