Russian military ship fires warning shots at British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender
Russian military ship fires warning shots at British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender
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A Russian military ship fired warning shots at British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender after it entered Russian waters in the Black Sea and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path as a warning, Interfax cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

"The destroyer was warned in advance that weapons would be fired in case of a violation of the Russian state border. It disregarded the warning," the ministry said.

"The British Navy destroyer HMS Defender operating in the northwestern part of the Black Sea crossed the state border of the Russian Federation at 11:52 am on June 23 of this year and entered the territorial sea in the area of Cape Fiolent, moving three kilometers inside," the ministry said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that a border patrol ship fired warning shots at 12:06 pm and 12:08 pm. Later at 12:19 pm, a Su-24M aircraft dropped bombs (four OFAB-250 high explosive fragmentation bombs) as a warning on the course of HMS Defender.

"As a result of joint actions of the Black Sea Fleet and the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service, HMS Defender left the territorial sea of the Russian Federation at 12:23 p.m.," the ministry further said.

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