On Monday in Odessa aboard the HMS DEFENDER missile destroyer of the Royal Navy, Minister of Defense Procurement of Great Britain Jeremy Quinn and Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Mironyuk signed a memorandum on the joint production of warships for the Ukrainian naval forces. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The Memorandum provides for the joint design and construction of warships in Ukraine and Great Britain, the reconstruction of Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises and the construction of two Ukrainian naval bases.
"This is another step in the development of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the United Kingdom to strengthen the Ukrainian fleet, which faces constant danger in the Black and Azov Seas," the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine noted.
The destroyer HMS DEFENDER arrived in Odessa last Friday. This is the second Royal Navy ship to visit Odessa in the past few weeks, after HMS TRENT.
In June, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine needs help and must immediately resolve the issue of joining NATO. He later said that if the West does not help Kiev with Donbass, then the Ukrainian army will have to become "the most powerful in terms of equipment and troops in Europe."