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Ukraine Plans New Black Sea Bases as US and NATO Step Up Presence in the Region

One region that remains a flashpoint between the US and Russia is the Black Sea, an area where Washington and NATO are expected to increase their military presence this year. Adding to the tensions, Ukraine is moving forward with plans to build two new military bases in the region.

One base will be built on the Black Sea, and the other will be on the Sea of Azov, a waterway between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced plans for the new bases at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Shmyhal said the UK was “helping financially” with the projects, and work is expected to start soon.

While Ukraine is not an official NATO member, Kyiv has warm ties with the alliance. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the alliance’s support for Ukraine during Shmyhal’s visit and noted the increase in NATO activity in the Black Sea.

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