A Ukrainian sailor stands watch at a machine gun on the back of a patrol boat in the Dnipro River off Kyiv. Russia seized or destroyed much of Ukraine's navy, but the country is trying to rebuild its sea forces.Greg Myre/NPR
The United States last year provided about a dozen of these 34-foot patrol boats that Ukraine uses on the Dnipro River, which runs the length of Ukraine, north to south. However, Russia's navy still dominates the Black Sea off Ukraine's southern coast.Greg Myre/NPR
China launches joint patrols along Mekong River with neighbors
Mekong River Delta Defense Force ?The killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river near the Thai-Myanmar border is unreported outside of the region but the event stirred an outcry in China. Chinese citizens once again demand the Chinese government to act. It is also hurting trade, something the Chinese government cares a great deal about.In addition to joint security operations currently underway, there is talks of a regional riverine force of 1000 (here) with modified cargo and Type 529 Army patrol boats.
The Mekong River, a waterway that originates in China and snakes through five Southeast Asian countries, is emerging as a new security flashpoint, similar in dynamic to escalating conflicts in the South China Sea.
Chinese security forces patrol along the Mekong River in a file photo. Photo: Twitter
he 102nd China-Laos-Myanmar-Thailand joint patrol on Mekong River kicks off on February 23. The picture shows the Chinese law enforcement boats cruise through the Jingha waters of the Lancang River. (Photo by Zhang Shouchen)
In the latest US weapons package, announced recently by Pentagon, except HIMARS, which is already accurately destroying the rear of the ruscists there was one very unusual position – 18 coastal and river patrol boats that will help the Ukrainian Navy to revive the Dnieper military flotilla. It has now become known which boats are sent to Ukraine.