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Division of river boats formed in Ukraine

The division performs tasks under the command of the Kyiv Defense Forces to provide support to the forces in the riverine operational areas that operate near the Dnieper.

Neizhpapa said that the formation of the river division began in March / photo-UNIAN, Gimanov Alexander

AT Ukraine formed a division of river boats. The formed division performs tasks under the command of the Kyiv Defense Forces to provide support for forces in the riverine operational areas that operate near the Dnieper.

The commander of the national fleet, Vice Admiral Alexei Neizhpapa, told the portal about this. “Army Inform”.

“On the initiative and with the support of the command of the Ground Forces, we jointly formed a division of river boats in the north of the Dnieper – the main logistical artery of Ukraine, which we cannot afford to lose,” he said.

Neizhpapa said that the formation of the river division began in March. According to him, in order to form a division from scratch, you need to have some kind of resource, so part of the river fleet was transferred to the control of the military.

“In fact, weapons were put on the river boats, and now they belong to the Ukrainian Navy. As military sailors explain, although these vessels are not new, they perform very well on the rivers,” Neizhpapa said.

According to him, the employees of the river fleet, having learned about the formation of such units, expressed a desire to serve.

“These are specialists who have spent their whole lives on the river and are well aware of the water area, the terrain, the features of the use of ships of this class. Now they help young sailors who previously served at sea, but have no river experience. And these areas and the provision of navigation are very different from the use of ship composition at sea,” said the commander of the Navy.

“The importance of the military river fleet is spoken for itself by the proximity to Belarus, which has a river division in Pinsk and a base in Loev, on the very border. These are 19 ships of the military river fleet. Therefore, strengthening the north of Ukraine with an appropriate set of forces on the rivers is an important step” , the message says.

Neizhpapa noted that training and acquiring the capabilities of these divisions in the shortest possible time is one of the priorities.

“Now the enemy is in the south of the Dnieper, and we must have the appropriate forces and means that can withstand the enemy on our main waterway. We will continue to increase our efforts not only in this direction, but along the entire Dnieper River through the construction of new boats and receiving boats from our foreign partners. I hope that in the future a flotilla of river boats will appear on the Dnieper, which will consist of several divisions, they will be deployed in different cities,” he said.

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