In a press-service of the US Navy announced the beginning of construction in the Ukrainian Ochakov operations center of the naval forces. The groundbreaking ceremony of the facility took place on July 25, but the American construction and engineering troops, or “sea bees”, as they call them at home, are in the region since April. A military expert told us that this was the start of the execution of the permanent presence of us military in Ukraine.
Just in Ochakovo will be built three objects: the command center of the Navy, facilities maintenance, boat and checkpoints around the base.
According to the official version, these buildings will be required at the time of naval exercises in the region and will belong to Ukraine. This is not the first coming of the Americans in Ochakov.
They first appeared in the city back in 2012, when they began to build at the local naval base for launching motor boats. The design was required for the international military exercises Sea Breeze. Later, the object became the property of the Ukrainian authorities. In Kiev say that they use it for training of its security forces to fight pirates and terrorists.
In addition, American soldiers have repaired one of Ochakov schools, built for her a football field and a basketball court. This was done in gratitude for the fact that the city plays host to military exercises.
Despite such a gift, 5 years ago some of the inhabitants of the city painfully took the visit of American soldiers. Local media wrote that the Ukrainian veterans fear that in the future the US can use their facilities for landing. As the Ochakov is between Nikolayev and Kherson on one side and Odessa on the other, they considered their city a strategic point for possible aggression.
However, today Ukraine has changed the strategic opponents and allies. That a new stage of large-scale construction projects can mean for Russia, “MK” asked Igor Korotchenko, chief editor of the magazine “national defense”:
– Built in Ochakovo operating centre will be officers of the U.S. Navy, which will be engaged in staff logistic work related to the regional presence of the American warships. In fact, we are seeing the beginning of formation of permanent US presence on the territory of Ukraine. Now Kiev can declare anything about the future transfer of the facility to Ukrainian property, but Washington is determined to use the Republic, and she is ready to fulfill all his wishes.
As for Russia, it can not react to it, because Ukraine is a sovereign state with which the United States build bilateral relations. At the same time, Moscow should provide an opportunity for all interested residents of the DNI and LC to obtain Russian citizenship. Then in the East of Ukraine will live our compatriots, and if their lives or safety would be jeopardized, we will have a legitimate opportunity to ensure their protection.
– Should Russia strengthen its forces in Crimea?
No matter you are in Ukraine, some American targets or not, in the Crimea and in the southern military district is fully self-sufficient group of forces, which in the future will only grow.
– How much time will it take the US to increase its presence in the region?
In principle, the issue of relocation of American troops and its placement in Ukraine can be solved within a week. From a technical point of view there is no problem. Problems arise from the response an extremely strong reaction of Russia, which the Americans don’t want to. Therefore, the practice testifies to the fact that the US is not in a hurry and are gradually and in stages. We must proceed from the fact that Ukraine is anti-Russian bridgehead, and eventually will play the same role as in 1920-e years of the last century played Poland. It will be sanitary cordons and a battering RAM against Russia. While NATO Ukraine still does not accept it, but there to deploy troops of the Alliance.
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There are photos of the construction of U.S. military operations centre of the Navy in the Ukraine