UK Secretary of State for Defence Mr Gavin Williamson will meet in Odesa with Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and will visit a naval base, the press service of the Defense Ministry has reported.
President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will receive Airbus military helicopters.
Russian-occupation forces launched eight attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbas over the past day.
The creation of a naval base on the Sea of Azov will be a priority task for the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.
President Petro Poroshenko has assured that during three weeks of martial law Ukraine managed to strengthen air defense and increase the forces and means of the Air Forces of Ukraine in dangerous directions.
Russia has increased its army groups along the border with Ukraine, in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in annexed Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
About UAH 21 billion was directed to the state defense order in 2018, next year the amount may grow to UAH 25 billion.
NATO continues to closely follow the situation in the Sea of Azov region and calls on Russia to release the captured Ukrainian sailors.
Russian-occupation forces launched seven attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbas over the past day.
It would be very logical for NATO ships, invited by Ukraine to the ports of the Sea of Azov, to prove that Russia must comply with international law. However, this initiative has not received a response yet.
The HMS Echo (H87), a hydrographic survey ship of the British Royal Navy, arrived at the port of Odesa on Wednesday, December 19, the administration of the Odesa seaport has reported on its website.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has held a meeting with the leaders of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Lithuania in the Eastern Partnership countries.
Russian-occupation forces launched 13 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbas over the past day.
Militants launched seven attacks on Ukrainian positions in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day.