Russia Releases Video of Alleged ‘Warning Shots’ on U.K. Destroyer

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    The Russian Defence Ministry has released footage of an alleged incident with a British destroyer in the Black Sea on Wednesday.

    Russia said one of its warships in the Black Sea fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs to force the British destroyer out of an area near Crimea that Moscow claims as its territorial waters, but Britain denied that account and insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon.

    It was the first time since the Cold War that Moscow acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, reflecting the growing risk of military incidents amid soaring tensions between Russia and the West.

    The Russian Defence Ministry said a patrol ship fired warning shots after the HMS Defender had ignored a notice against intrusion and sailed three kilometers (1.6 nautical miles) into Russia’s territorial waters near Sevastopol, the main Russian naval base in Crimea.

    It said a Russian Su-24 bomber also dropped four bombs ahead of the vessel to persuade the Defender to change course. Minutes later, the Defender left Russian waters, the ministry said.

    Britain’s Ministry of Defence denied the Defender had been fired on or was in Russian waters, but had been in Ukrainian waters.

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