SEVASTOPOL, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti, Fedor Dmitriev. The inability of the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the frigate Hetman Sagaidachny, is a consequence of the corruption of the Kiev authorities and their hopes for “gifts” from NATO, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Dmitry Belik told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the Ukrainian military expert Taras Chmut, on his Facebook page, expressed the opinion that the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, Hetman Sagaidachny, “is actually incapable of combat and rarely goes to sea” due to the lack of repair and modernization.
Belik said that over the past 6 years, the Ukrainian government only promoted the development of decommissioned NATO equipment, and did not even remember about its weapons. “Let's face it, it is profitable for them (official Kiev – ed.) To accept American trash – after all, it is free, and repairing ships will cost a pretty penny. That is why the unenviable fate of the Ukrainian flagship, he will soon be removed from the pedestal, albeit equally incapable, but but gratuitous ships from the alliance, “- said the deputy of the State Duma.” However, for sure, some money will be allocated for the repair of the flagship, but only to steal. And as a result, “Getman Sagaidachny” will go from old age to the bottom, because it is forgotten and abandoned by its supreme command, “Belik believes.
The parliamentarian also stressed that the Russian and Ukrainian fleets actively interacted in the Black Sea before the events of 2014. “Together we conducted exercises, our specialists took their submarine out to sea and generally helped each other, and our factories repaired Ukrainian ships,” Belik said.