Ukraine was aware of the fact that Russia had intended to conduct exercises of the Black Sea Fleet in the Black Sea, defense minister Pavlo Lebedev told a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The Russian party notified the Foreign Ministry. Our fleet also knew about it. It was not a surprise for us," he stressed.

As a reminder, on March 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to begin large-scale military exercises in the Black Sea.

The exercise involved 36 ships, based in Sevastopol and Novorossiisk, and aviation.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the Ukrainian party was informed of the intention of Russia to carry out sudden large-scale exercises in the Black Sea.


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