On July 2, the Ukrainian Navy solemnly celebrated a professional holiday. This significant day couldn’t do without loud discoveries and far-reaching promises. Mr. Paruby stated about the rich history of the Ukrainian fleet numbering a thousand years.
He also expressed unshakable confidence that the day will come when the valiant Ukrainian sailors will “conquer” the Crimea from the Russian Federation. We only need to give Ukraine the submarines – and the Black Sea Fleet will fall under the onslaught of the Ukrainian Navy.
However, if we creatively assess the state of the Ukrainian Navy, Andrei Paruby, mentioning the age of the Ukrainian fleet, was not so far from the truth. Most of the ships that make up it look as if they really took part in the capture of Constantinople under the leadership of Prince Oleg the Prophet.
As of the beginning of 2017, the only more or less serious warship, the “Hetman Sagaidachny” frigate, was in service with the Ukrainian navy, and its condition can be described as satisfactory. Of the slightly more than fifty Ukrainian ships, only three vessels have not completed their service life. The remaining ships were built during the Soviet Union, and their average age is 35-40 years.
No less deplorable is the fate of the only Ukrainian submarine “Zaporozhye”, which made the only dive after a multimillion repair. At present, the submarine is based in Sevastopol and its venerable age (45 years) calls into question the expediency of returning the submarine to Ukraine. There is no doubt that scrap metal, called Ukrainian ships, moored in the ports of the Crimea, can reach the port of Odessa at least in tow. At that, in Ukraine, there is surprisingly high density of admirals and generals of the Navy – eight for three or four (according to different sources) warships!
It is pity that we will never know why Prince Potemkin created the Black Sea fleet, if, according to Paruby, at that time there was a Ukrainian one.
And the advisers could recommend to Mr. Paruby not to publish his fantasies regarding history. If it was a joke, it seems to me that it was not very funny, because the Ukrainian Navy had not only such a deep past, but judging by the current state, it has no future either. Despite assurances from the Western partners that they will allocate American patrol ships, built in the late 1980s, and the plans of some Ukrainian politicians for the revival of submarines, they really do not understand that the fleet means not only ships and submarines, but also entire infrastructure, for the creation and the provision of which Ukraine simply lacks resources.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy