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Russian forces reportedly fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea

Russia Fires 'Warning' Shots at British Warship Near Crimea Russia Fires Warning Shots At British Ship In Black Sea, UK Denies It
Noah Ferguson | 23 June, 2021, 21:54

The incident took place near Cape Fiolent, off the coast of Crimea.

The firing of warning shots and dropping of bombs would have marked the first time since the Cold War Moscow had used live ammunition to deter a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warship, reflecting growing risks of military incidents amid soaring Russia-West tensions.

He insisted, however, that the ship continued its journey "almost within 12 miles of Crimea" and "did not deviate from its course".

"It did not react to the warning", the ministry said, adding that the ship left Russian waters after the shots were fired.

FILE - The Russian military says its warship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs to force the British destroyer from Russia's waters near Crimea in the Black Sea.

"No warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender", the British Defence Ministry tweeted, saying the warship was "conducting innocent passage" through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide law.

London said it believed Russian Federation was "undertaking a gunnery exercise" and had provided prior warning of its activity. "No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path", they said.

"She exited that corridor safely at 0945 BST (0845 GMT)".

"As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed her passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity", he added.

"The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with worldwide war", the ministry tweeted.

A Russian jet also dropped bombs in its path as a warning, according to the Interfax news agency which was citing Russia's defence ministry.

The Royal Navy destroyer has been in the Black Sea region as part of the Air Maritime Integration training with the UK's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts. It is carrying out missions in the Black Sea, according to the Royal Navy's website.

Interfax said the British warship had been warned that weapons would be fired if it entered Russian waters and that a "border patrol ship" fired twice.

However, Downing Street has said it is "incorrect" to say that the Navy destroyer was sacked upon or that the ship was in Russian waters.

"Naturally, we can not but be concerned over the continuous buildup of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military potential and infrastructure near Russian borders, as well as the fact that the Alliance is refusing to consider constructively our proposals on de-escalating the tension and reducing the risk of unpredictable incidents", Putin told a Moscow conference on worldwide security.

The Royal Navy ship traveled to the region as the United Kingdom signed a deal with Ukraine to supply it with missiles and other armaments, including the creation of a new naval base on the Black Sea to serve as Ukraine's primary fleet base, and a new base on the Sea of Azov.

The Defender had recently been in Odessa, where British officials signed an agreement to boost Ukraine's naval capacity and British and Ukraine forces took part in exercises described as involving firefighting and damage control. We presume that it is a military organisation.

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