- Putin declares an impressive addition of 30 new naval vessels to Russia's fleet this year.
- The Russian President acknowledges the country's rigorous pursuit of its national maritime policy, emphasizing the symbolic importance of naval traditions.
- The Russian Defence Ministry reports the successful interception of three Ukrainian drones, averting a potential crisis.
In a bid to amplify Russia's maritime power, President Vladimir Putin, on Sunday, proclaimed the inclusion of 30 brand-new naval vessels to the country's fleet this year. This declaration was made during Putin's address on the occasion of Navy Day, reflecting his resolution to equip Russia’s naval force with a multitude of combat ships, just within this year.
Navy Day, a significant event in Russia, was observed in Moscow with the grand Main Naval Parade, amidst a fraught national atmosphere due to ongoing conflict with Ukraine. Extending his warm wishes to the servicemen, veterans, and all citizens, President Putin accentuated the nation's commitment to enhance its naval prowess. He noted, "This year alone, Russia will introduce 30 warships of varying classes into its Navy."
An array of combat ships, including the missile corvette Merkury—named in tribute to the Black Sea Fleet’s sailing vessel—have already joined the Russian Navy, as per the Russian News outlet Tass. Emphasizing the importance of tradition, Putin acknowledged the hoisting of the St. George’s naval flag aboard the new Merkury as a testament to the enduring naval traditions and a symbol of the unwavering bravery and resolution of naval sailors.
Commending the strength and courage of the Navy personnel and Russian citizens, Putin emphasized the strategic importance of boosting Russian Naval powers. "Our Navy, for centuries, has been a steadfast protector of the nation’s borders, our pride and glory," Putin stated, as he highlighted the country's rigorous implementation of its national maritime policy amidst the ongoing war.
In other news, the Russian Defence Ministry announced on Sunday that it thwarted an attempted assault on Moscow by shooting down three Ukrainian drones. The ministry stressed that a major crisis was averted as there were no injuries and the damage was minor. They also revealed another thwarted drone attack on the Crimean peninsula, where around 25 Ukrainian drones were intercepted and shot down by Russian authorities.
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