The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer Carney sailed into Ukrainian waters Monday in the third visit by a vessel of its kind to the tense Black Sea region since August.
The Arleigh Burke-class U.S.S. Carney docked in the port city of Odessa as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. military to show support for Ukraine, particularly in the face of Russian aggression. The former Soviet country has been locked into a prolonged standoff with Russia in its east and south.
In 2014, masked Russian troops seized Ukraine’s southern Crimean Peninsula shortly after protesters had ousted the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev. Russian armed forces in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have also fought against Ukrainian government forces for over three years.
The U.S., which has three military allies on the Black Sea basin, has pledged support for Ukraine and conducted a handful of drills with the country. The U.S.S. Carney was last in the neighborhood during a multinational drill in July that included Ukraine.