Ukraine will join the Ocean Shield international operation to fight piracy, the first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vice Admiral Ihor Kabanenko told a press briefing "The Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2012 academic year", ForUm learned from the Defense Ministry press office.

"Hetman Sagaidachnyi frigate is preparing to participation in this operation, with a ship-based helicopter and a group of special forces on board. This will be our direct contribution to patrolling areas of possible actions of pirates under the international naval group,"  Vice-Admiral Ihor Kabanenko said.

According to the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, participation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in such operations allow our country in the future to join the system of mutual protection.

"This is a serious step, which will directly influence the level of protection of Ukrainian sailors and crews working in the international maritime trade routes," Kabanenko said.



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