UK slaps down Russian claims they ‘fired warning shots and dropped BOMBS’ at Navy ship

UK slaps down Russian claims they ‘fired warning shots and dropped BOMBS’ at Navy ship

UK slaps down Russian claims they ‘fired warning shots and dropped BOMBS’ at Navy ship

Britain has denied Russia reports that its military fired warning shots at a UK ship in the Black Sea. 

Moscow’s defence ministry said the HMS Defender entered Russian territorial waters while a patrol ship fired warning shots and a jet dropped bombs in its path. 

But the MoD said “no warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender.” And added the ship was sailing in Ukrainian waters. 

“The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law,” the MoD said.

The MoD said Russia was carrying out a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and had already provided a prior warning of their activity. 

“No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path,” it added.

Russia said the incident happened in the south of Crimea and according to a defence ministry statement to Russian news agencies, they claimed the British vessel subsequently changed course. 

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