/ 24 June 2021

Trouble at sea

A British warship sailing near Crimea has had warning shots fired at it and bombs dropped in its path by the Russian military. Russia’s defence ministry confirmed the actions, but UK officials have a different story… “The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law. We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior warning of their activity,” tweeted the UK’s Defence Ministry. The vastly different accounts were balanced by a BBC journo onboard the Defender who witnesses the warship being harassed. What’s it all about? Russia is making a point, pundits say. The Crimea peninsula was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 – a move that has not been recognised internationally. Which is why the UK maintains it wasn’t anywhere it shouldn’t have been. Watch out for more on this today…

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