The Russian side claimed that HMS Defender entered Russia's territorial waters near cape Fiolent in the Black Sea. According to them, the incident took place at 11.52 a.m. Wednesday. The British crew were warned about the weapon use in case of the border violation, but they did not respond.
The British military attache was summoned to Russian Defense Ministry immediately after the incident.
The Russian agency claimed that the border guard vessel opened fire at the British destroyer at 12.06 and 12.08 a.m. Then, Su-24M frontline bomber dropped four bombs along the route of the British vessel.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence said no Russian warning shots were fired at the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender, which sailed into the Black Sea earlier this month, and it did not recognise assertions that bombs were put in its path.
“We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Twitter.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the incident showed that Russia’s “aggressive and provocative policies” in the Black Sea and nearby Azov Sea constituted a “continuous threat to Ukraine and its allies”. In a tweet, he called for NATO to cooperate with Ukraine in the Black Sea.
A clear proof of Ukraine’s position: Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in the Black and Azov seas, its occupation & militarization of Crimea pose a lasting threat to Ukraine and allies. We need a new quality of cooperation between Ukraine & NATO allies in the Black Sea. https://t.co/VjBPxRWU3d— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) June 23, 2021
We earlier reported that the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s forces are tracking the US Navy destroyer Laboon that entered the Black Sea. The corresponding message was made on Friday by Russia’s National Defense Control Center.
"The Black Sea Fleet’s forces and capabilities have started to track the US Navy guided missile destroyer Laboon that entered the Black Sea on June 11, 2021," the Center said in a statement.
Previously, the US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Laboon had crossed over from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea for maritime security operations.