Rogozin About Post-Maidan Shipbuilding: Ukraine Carries Coffee to American Marines

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Deputy Prime Minister noted that prior to Euromaidan there was a good chance of cooperation between Ukrainian and Russian shipbuilders, but now it is impossible.

Ukrainian shipbuilding experiences the deepest crisis — even local specialist can only carry coffee to the American marines. Such an opinion was expressed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin on his page on “Facebook”. He also noted that the shipyards in the Nikolaev region in Ukraine had the option of effective cooperation with Russian plants, however Euromaidan made this cooperation impossible.

“In December, 2013, at the request of V.V. Putin I, along with experts of the military industrial complex, visited the Nikolaev shipyards to determine the prospects of cooperation. They gave us a very cordial welcome. We agreed on a plan of cooperation. A month later the active phase of the Kiev coup began, and all our hopes for the revival of close economic relations with Ukraine died, as well as the last chance of shipbuilding in Ukraine to rise,” wrote Dmitry Rogozin.

The new conditions forced Russia to actively conduct import substitution. The intermediate result of this program was the restored Crimean ship-building enterprises; at the “Saturn” plant a new industry was freshly created — sea gas-turbine construction.

“But our Ukrainian colleagues no longer see another outlook than how to carry coffee to US marines in Ochakovo,” summed up the Deputy Prime Minister.

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