Russian ship fired warning shots at Royal Navy destroyer, Moscow says
A Russian military ship has fired warning shots at British Royal Navy vessel in the Black Sea and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path, Interfax cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Wednesday.
The ministry said HMS Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 3km (2 miles) inside. The incident took place took place near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on the coast of Crimea.
“The destroyer had been warned that weapons would be used if it trespasses the border of the Russian Federation. It did not react to the warning,” it said, adding that a Russian bomber had dropped four high explosive fragmentation bombs as a warning.
The British Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 in a move condemned by the west, which still considers it Ukrainian territory.
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