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Ukrainian Navy reluctant to discuss fate of its submarine claimed by Sevastopol enterprise

June 09, 2014, 18:39 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
The Zaporozhye submarine, built in 1970, initially belonged to the Russian Northern Fleet
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"Zaporozhje" submarine

"Zaporozhje" submarine

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SEVASTOPOL, June 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The Sevastopol-based Chernomorets Central Design Bureau has claimed proprietorship of the only Ukrainian submarine Zaporozhye. Chernomorets Director General Alexander Borodin said that his enterprise has the right to sell or arrest the submarine if ruled by a court of law. The Chernomorets is a general contractor which has repaired the Ukrainian submarine, but has not been given a penny for the repairs estimated at three million hryvnias or ten million rubles.

The Sevastopol Arbitration Court has satisfied the lawsuit the Chernomorets filed against the Ukrainian submarine owner. In May, the resolution in Chernomorets' favor was confirmed by the Russian Appeals court.

The issue of overdue debt to the Russian enterprise was raised at talks between the defense ministries of Russia and Ukraine. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian defense ministry and its Navy are reluctant to discuss the problem. “Obviously, they (the Ukrainian side) do not much want the submarine back. So we should either go to bailiffs and have the submarine arrested for debts, or let it be leased again as a restaurant or send it to Turkey to be scrapped," Borodin said.

The Zaporozhye, built in 1970, initially belonged to the Russian Northern Fleet. In the early 1980s it was branded "obsolete" because of its noisy parameters and poor combat capacities.

Nonetheless, in 1997 the Ukrainian Navy employed the submarine in its Navy as a flagship.

Russia turned over to Ukraine two-third of Ukrainian ships based in Crimea — 44 ships all in all, and practically all the aircraft based at Crimean airports, a source from the Russian Black Sea fleet told ITAR-TASS. However, the hardware, which might be used for war purposes, has not been turned over to Ukraine yet, the source said.

To date, one ship — the Slavutich, several corvettes and the Zaporozhye submarine remain in Sevastopol. On an agreement reached with the Ukrainian side three of these ships are to be scrapped at Vtorchermet enterprise based in Sevastopol.

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