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Ukraine: Poroshenko visits guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in Odessa01:25

Ukraine: Poroshenko visits guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in Odessa

Ukraine, Odessa
February 26, 2019 at 12:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited American guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in Odessa on Tuesday, during which he is believed to have spoken with Special Representative of the U.S. Department of State for Ukraine Kurt Walker.

Poroshenko said that the meeting aboard the “legendary vessel” is “very symbolic” as it shows the Kremlin “that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, secondly, that the freedom of naval navigation in the region will be secured and protected by the naval law of the UN, and that the partnership between the US and Ukraine is as strong as ever.”

The destroyer laid anchor in Odessa on Monday. It will stay in the port city until Wednesday, having entered the Black Sea through the Bosphorus Strait on 19 February.

It is the second time this year the Donald Cook has entered the Black Sea. At the end of January, the missile destroyer docked in Georgia’s port of Batumi for five days.

The USS Donald Cook’s home port is Naval Station Rota in Spain.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited American guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in Odessa on Tuesday, during which he is believed to have spoken with Special Representative of the U.S. Department of State for Ukraine Kurt Walker.

Poroshenko said that the meeting aboard the “legendary vessel” is “very symbolic” as it shows the Kremlin “that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, secondly, that the freedom of naval navigation in the region will be secured and protected by the naval law of the UN, and that the partnership between the US and Ukraine is as strong as ever.”

The destroyer laid anchor in Odessa on Monday. It will stay in the port city until Wednesday, having entered the Black Sea through the Bosphorus Strait on 19 February.

It is the second time this year the Donald Cook has entered the Black Sea. At the end of January, the missile destroyer docked in Georgia’s port of Batumi for five days.

The USS Donald Cook’s home port is Naval Station Rota in Spain.

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