A BBC reporter aboard the ship HMS Defender said he had seen Russian warplanes and naval vessels buzzing around the boat. A Russian military video of the transit taken by USNI News showed fighters buzzing around the ship during the passage. According to the BBC, the ship was in direct transit from Odessa, Georgia. It was warned by Russian officials to announce a shooting drill because military planes were operating nearby.
Russia says that a Russian military ship fired warning shots, and bombers dropped several bombs on a British Royal Navy destroyer. In contrast, the Royal Navy said that ship HMS Defender violated Russian territorial waters. The Russian Defense Ministry said the patrol ship fired the shots after ignoring indications of intrusion and moving within a 3-kilometer radius of Russian territorial waters near Sevastopol, Russia’s main naval base in Crimea. The Ministry said a Russian Su-24 bomber dropped four bombs on the ship to persuade it to alter course.
On Tuesday, Russia fired warning shots and dropped bombs into the path of a British ship sailing in the Black Sea, on the coast of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula annexed by Ukraine. Russian media reported that a British Royal Navy destroyer had been withdrawn after being shot by the Russian defense ministry after the shooting, accusing Britain of violating the United Nations Convention on the Sea Law. The Russian Foreign Ministry described British warships into the Black Sea within earshot and the firing of Russian artillery as a blatant provocation.
Britain had denied claims by the Russian military that a Russian patrol ship and fighter jet fired warning shots at a British naval warship. It entered waters off Crimea – an unusual dispute that began when the Russian Defense Ministry accused the ship of crossing waters illegally near Crimea on Wednesday morning. The Ministry claimed that the warship ignored a call to turn back from a Russian coast guard ship and fired the shots after the fighter jet dropped four bombs near the ship. However, the British Defence Ministry denied that warning shots had been fired and suggested that Russia had misrepresented the incident. British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace rejected claims made by the Russian Foreign Office and the summoned British ambassador that the passage of a British warship was within earshot of Russian artillery.
The Russian Armed Forces General Staff commander, General Valery Gerasimov, criticized the deployment of NATO warships in Russian waters after Wednesday’s incident. He accused the British destroyer Dragon of entering Russian waters near Crimea in October. He said that in November, the US destroyer John McCain invaded Russian border crossings in the Japan Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the British destroyer had ventured three kilometers into Russian waters near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on the south coast of Crimea near the port of Sevastopol, the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
A British Navy destroyer has been given a preliminary warning that weapons could be used in Russia’s borders are breached. The British Ministry of Defence denied the incident. The Ministry said it believed Russia was conducting a firing drill and warned of its activities.
On Wednesday, Britain’s defense ministry said that no warnings had been fired on its destroyer, contrary to a claim by the Russian defense ministry quoted by TASS. The ship had made an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters following international law.
A Russian warship fired warning shots on Wednesday. At the same time, warplanes dropped bombs, and a British destroyer was forced from the Black Sea territory near Crimea, which Russia claims as its territorial waters.
It was the first time since the Cold War that Russia admitted using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, reflecting the growing threat of military incidents amid the soaring tensions between Russia and the West. Since the Cold War, the incident marked the first time that Russia has used live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, reflecting the increased risk of a military incident amid soaring tensions between Russia and the West.