Ukraine Navy Crippled After Crimea Annexation

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Reduced from 75 to 28 ships, Ukraine's navy is facing its worst crisis ever after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula two months ago. (May 20)

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Odessa, Ukraine - May 13, 2014

1. Wide of the military port in Odessa as seen from a hill near the seashore

2. Ships at the military port

3. Mid of the ships at the military port, puller ship passing by

4. Ships at the military port

May 14, 2014

5. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleh Chubuk, Captain of the first rank, spokesman for the Navy command of Ukraine: (see transcript)

May 13, 2014

6. Ships as seen from the entrance of military port

May 14, 2014

7. Wide of the military port and a bridge in front of it

8. Mid of ships in military port with bridge in front

9. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleh Chubuk, Captain of the first rank, spokesman for the Navy command of Ukraine: (see transcript)

10. Close of the epaulette and chevrons on shoulder of navy captain

May 13, 2014

11. Military port entrance and an old vessel with three masts in the background

May 15, 2014

12. Mid of sailor knots in a frame

13. Mid of Navy officer and head of the maritime college showing a congress medal

14. Close of service ribbons on chest of retired submarine captain, Evgenii Livshyts

15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Evgenii Livshyts, Captain of the 1st rank, Chairman of the Association of Submariners: (see transcript)

May 13, 2014

16. Mid of masts of navy ships

17. Military port as seen from on top position

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

IT MIGHT BE HARD TO SPOT - BUT TUCKED BEHIND STORAGE TANKS AND LARGE CARGO VESSELS IS UKRAINE'S NAVY FLEET

OR WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR FLEET SINCE RUSSIA ANNEXED THE CRIMEAN PENINSULA TWO MONTHS AGO

WITH TWO THIRDS OF THEIR VESSELS LOST AND AN ARMY DESPERATE FOR EQUIPMENT - UKRAINE'S MILITARY IS FACING ITS WORST CRISIS EVER

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleh Chubuk, Captain of the first rank, spokesman for the Navy command of Ukraine:

"Times are not the best for the fleet now, but it's also trying to spread its wings."

WESTERN ALLIES - INCLUDING THE UNITED SATES - HAVE SHOWN LITTLE WILLINGNESS TO HELP THEM RE-ARM FOR FEAR OF PROVOKING THE RUSSIAN MILITARY EVEN FURTHER

UKRAINE'S DEFENSE MINISTRY HAS TAKEN TO HUSTLING 50-CENT DONATIONS THAT PEOPLE MAKE WITH MOBILE PHONE TEXT MESSAGES.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleh Chubuk, Captain of the first rank, spokesman for the Navy command of Ukraine:

"Many families had to come here and we had support and help from the local authorities and many volunteers. And it gives us inspiration."

FORMED AFTER THE 1991 BREAKUP OF THE SOVIET UNION, UKRAINE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IT DIDN'T NEED A LARGE NAVY AS RUSSIA WOULD REMAIN A FRIENDLY PRESENCE

RUSSIA'S ACTIONS LEFT UKRAINE'S FLEET REDUCED FROM 75 SHIPS TO 28 --BUT UKRAINIANS REMAIN HOPEFUL

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Evgenii Livshyts, Captain of the 1st rank, Chairman of the Association of Submariners:

"If you talk to the crew members they would tell you 'We'll reconstruct the ship, we'll do it, we're ready'. It proves that the spirit is invincible."

RUSSIA IS SLOWLY RETURNING SOME OF THE SHIPS IT SEIZED - APPARENTLY DISMAYED BY THEIR POOR CONDITION

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