US Destroyer Arrives In Black Sea Amid High Tensions Between Ukraine, NATO And Russia

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This is the moment a US Navy guided-missile destroyer arrives in the city of Odessa in the Ukraine to take part in a military exercise amid conflict with neighbouring Russia.

Footage shows the USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, as it arrives off the coast of the Black Sea port city of Odessa on 27th June.

The US Navy ship arrived in the region to participate in Exercise Sea Breeze, a military exercise with 30 other NATO allies and partners including the United Kingdom.

USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Odesa in Ukraine on the 27th of June 2021. (DIVDS, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Blackwell/Newsflash)

The maritime exercise has been co-hosted by the United States Sixth Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy 21 times since 1997.

This year’s edition is dedicated to promoting Western co-operation, strengthening maritime security and peace in the region, and bringing Ukraine up to NATO standards.

The drill comes amid the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014 and has seen Ukraine lose territory to pro-Russia rebels.

USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Odesa to exercise Sea Breeze 21 in Ukraine on the 27th of June 2021. (DIVDS, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Blackwell/Newsflash)

Odessa is located only around 110 miles as the crow flies from the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by the Ukraine’s larger neighbour in the first year of the conflict.

The atmosphere around the exercise has been tense, with Russian forces firing warning shots at the British warship HMS Defender as it sailed from Odessa to Georgia just days earlier.

The USS Ross was launched in 1996 and its homeport is Naval Station Rota in the south-western Spanish municipality of the same name.

USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Odesa to exercise Sea Breeze 21 in Ukraine on the 27th of June 2021. (DIVDS, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Blackwell/Newsflash)

In total, 32 ships, 40 aircraft and helicopters and over 5,000 military personnel are taking part in the exercise, which will end on 10th July.

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