Russian warship opens fire on Royal Navy with warning shots in Black Sea


A Russian warship has opened fire on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender in the Black Sea, the Russia’s defence ministry has said.

According to the Russians the HMS Defender had entered Russian waters in the Black Sea and a Russian jet
dropped bombs in its path. 

The Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 3 kilometres (2 miles) inside, the ministry claimed.

A statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence read: “At 11:52am on 23 June, the HMS Defender of the British Royal Navy, operating in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, violated the border and entered three kilometres into Russian territorial waters in the region of Cape Fiolent.

“At 12:06 and 12:08, a border patrol vessel carried out warning shots. 

“At 12:19 a Su-24M carried out a warning bombing run using 4 OFAB-250 [high-explosive fragmentation] bombs at the HMS Defender’s path of movement.

“At 12:23 the combined actions of the Black Sea Fleet and the Border Forces of the FSB forced the HMS Defender to leave the territorial waters of the Russian Federation.”

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