Ukraine will take a more active stand in maintaining peace and global security by participating in the international peacekeeping and, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kluyiev said, commenting on the intention of the Ukrainian militaries to join the Ocean Shield international operation against piracy, ForUm learned from the NSDCU press service.
According to him, the fight against sea piracy is an issue of high priority for Ukraine. Over the past 3.5 years more than four dozen ships with nearly two hundred of the Ukrainian citizens on board were captured by pirates, Kluyiev said.
He reminded that Ukraine joined the EU anti-piracy naval operation "Atalanta" in November 2010. In addition, according to him, the Ukrainian Navy is an active participant in the Mediterranean NATO operation "Active Endeavour" in the fight against illegal migration, illegal trafficking of weapons and drugs.
Already this year, the Ukrainian aircraft has participated in the EU operation "Atalanta" carrying out observation flights over the water area. In 2013, Hetman Sagaidachnyi frigate with a ship-based helicopter and a group of special forces on board will participate in the international operation "Ocean Shield" off the coast of Somalia, the secretary of NSDCU said.
In his opinion, Ukraine's participation in such operations is not only a contribution to global security, but also a good experience for the Ukrainian militaries.
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