Ukraine plans to purchase 20 patrol ships from French shipbuilding company OCEA within three years in order to boost ‘border security’, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.
“A large agreement will soon be signed between the governments of Ukraine and France, which will be followed by the ratification at the Verkhovna Rada. Within three years, the State Border Guard Service will receive 20 modern patrol ships from French company OCEA. This is the second large-scale Ukrainian-French project after the Interior Ministry aviation”, the ministry said in a statement.
According to the Ukrainian side France proposed a loan and agreed that 25 percent of production would be localised in Ukraine. The cost of the contract totals 136.5 million euros ($151 million).
The ‘border security’ that the Ukrainain government wants to boost was clearly demonstrated in 2018, when Kiev staged a military provocation in the Kerch Strait in an attempt to instigate the conflict in the region. In the worst case scenario, these actions had chances to lead to a new regional war. So, any growing capabilities of the Ukrainian military in the region could be seen as a new threat to the stability of Eastern Europe.