Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Official in Kiev has claimed, dolphins that was trained by the Ukrainian military for missions at sea, dead


The dolphinsThe dolphins -  Official in Kiev has claimed, that dolphins in Kiev was trained by the Ukrainian military for missions at sea, but they are likely dead because they refused food and starved.

After several Ukrainian assets fell under Russian control in 2014, the facility for training sea mammals in Crimea is one of Moscow’s annexation of the territory. 

The facility is not unlike the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program based in San Diego. There, dolphins and other sea mammals are taught to recover objects at sea and detect mines and other naval hazards, as well as alert officers and help in rescuing people overboard.

Since then, Ukrainian authorities have made repeated requests for the return of the animals it began training in 2012. When Russian forces seized public buildings in Crimea, Ukrainian military personnel there received offers to defect to Russia or face deportation.

Ukraine had permitted Russian use of some facilities on the peninsula and the invite to join the Russian military in the Russian-speaking, southern region of Ukraine.

But, four years later, Ukraine appears to have lost hope it will see its animals after an envoy of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was informed that the dolphins are dead.

“There is a very sad story related to the dolphins,”

Borys Babin, Poroshenko’s permanent representative in Crimea, told Ukrainian news site Obozrevatel. 

"When Russian forces annexed the peninsula and took over the facility, the dolphins did not take to their new masters. And the dolphins was trained by the Ukrainian naval forces in Sevastopol, would communicate with their trainers through special whistles,” Babin said. 

"The trained animals refused not only to cooperate with the Russian trainers, but also refused food and subsequently died.”

Babin’s story about the dolphins’ tragic fate lead to heated discussions online about the animals, both in Ukraine and Russia. 

Speaking to Ukraine’s Channel 112, Babin stressed that ridiculing the story about the dolphins’ cause of death missed the bigger point he wanted to make.

“The issue is not about a handful of mammals who died because they were obviously distressed, be it because of their trainers or for other reasons. But, however we can speak about something else, that over the course of these few years, our potential in the naval sphere, requires significant improvement.”

As information, Crimea served as a hugely important part of Ukraine’s naval presence, housing two of the country’s four main military ports on the Black Sea.




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