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NATO navies play crucial background role in Ukrainian war (Opinion)

20th April 2022 - 11:00 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio in London

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NATO warships during Exercise Cold Response 2022. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Although NATO navies have not intervened directly against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the alliance increased its readiness and strengthened its maritime posture.

NATO naval assets have been on point from the Arctic to the Mediterranean to deter further Russian aggressive actions and have actively contributed to safeguarding the alliance’s borders since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Over the last two months, NATO allies have deployed roughly 80 vessels across Europe, both through previously planned exercises and extraordinary circumstances.

As demonstrated by the recent events in the Black Sea – with the missile strike against the Slava-class cruiser Moskva – the role of naval assets remains in the spotlight. While the war in Ukraine is luring the attention of

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Giovanni Rasio

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Giovanni Rasio is a Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service.Before joining the …

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