UK denies attack of HMS Defender near Crimean coast

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the UK Ministry of Defense, the vessels held passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine
17:05, 23 June 2021

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The Ministry of Defense of the UK denies the fact of attack by the Russian military of its HMS Defender Defender near the coast of annexed Crimea. The ministry reported that on Twitter.

“No warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender. The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law…No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path,” the message says.

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Meanwhile, the British Defense Ministry supposes that the Russian military held gunnery exercises in the Black Sea.

“This morning, HMS Defender carried out a routine transit from Odesa towards Georgia across the Black Sea. As is normal for this route, she entered an internationally recognised traffic separation corridor. She exited that corridor safely at 0945 BST. As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed her passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity,” Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace stated.

As we reported, Russian naval aircraft opened fire on a British ship in the Black Sea on June 23.

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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 used in case of the border violation, but they did not respond.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded to the incident. He demanded a new interaction of NATO with Ukraine in the Black Sea due to the “aggressive policy” of Russia in the Black Sea region.

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