Tuesday, July 5

Russia opens warning fire on British destroyer in Black Sea

The Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy opened fire on Tuesday as a warning against the British destroyer Defender, which entered Russian territorial waters near Cape Fiolent, south of the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014 in an act not recognized by the international community.

“The destroyer was warned in advance about the possible use of weapons in case it violated Russia’s state border. It did not react to the warning,” to which the Black Sea Fleet has opened warning fire, according to the Ministry. Defense, cited by the Interfax agency.

At 12:06 and 12:08 local time, a Coast Guard vessel fired two warning shots and at 12:19, a Su-24M aircraft dropped four OFAB-250 bombs in front of the destroyer.

“At 12:23 local time (9.23 GMT) the joint actions of the Black Sea Fleet and the border guard troops stopped the violation of the Russian state border by the destroyer Defender, which withdrew from Russian territorial waters,” says the entity. military.

Following the incident, the Defense Ministry has summoned the military attaché of the UK embassy in Russia.

On June 14, Russia reported that the Russian Navy had begun monitoring the British destroyer and the Dutch Navy frigate Everton after both ships entered the Black Sea.