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United Kingdom may "in the near future" hand over warship to Ukraine – Ukrainian Ambassador

Monday, 1 August 2022, 12:04


The United Kingdom is preparing to hand over a warship to Ukraine "in the near future", and the Ukrainian military is already undergoing training on a vessel of this class.

As European Pravda reports, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, said this in an interview with Suspilne, while speaking about the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Britain.


"We have also visited a warship that will be handed over to Ukraine in the near future. Our marines are already undergoing training on it," - Prystaiko said.

Prystaiko did not specify the class or model of the ship, however he noted in passing that Ukraine's priorities have now changed and Mine Countermeasure Vessels are needed first of all.

The Ambassador was asked how many ships could be transferred to Ukraine and he replied that initially the transfer of two was being discussed.


"Two is the initial number we are currently working with. These are the warships currently in service in Her Majesty's Navy. The ships will be modified and the special equipment that we need will be added. UK’s Naval Forces have more ships of this class, and our officers are currently undergoing the training on operational ships," the ambassador said.

Prystaiko reminded that Turkey had closed the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to all warships since the start of the full scale war against Ukraine.

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