Russian Federation says it fired warning shots at United Kingdom ship

ODESA UKRAINE- JUNE 18 2021- HMS Defender of the Royal Navy arrives at the port of Odesa southern Ukraine

The ministry added that "a border patrol ship fired warning shots" and a Su-24 aircraft dropped four bombs along the destroyer's path.

Speaking Wednesday just before the incident, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, sharply criticized the deployments of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships near Russian waters.

Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, a move that wasn't recognized by most countries in the world. The Defense Ministry said it also called in the United Kingdom military attache in Moscow to protest the destroyer's "dangerous move" and urged British authorities to investigate the crew's actions.

HMS Defender in Portsmouth.

HMS Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 2 miles inside, the ministry said.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense said it was aware of the reports but had no immediate comment.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday slammed Russia's "aggressive and provocative policy" in the Black Sea region, describing it on Twitter as a "constant threat" to Kiev and its allies.

Relations have been deteriorating for years, notably with Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its 2015 intervention in Syria and U.S. charges - denied by Moscow - of meddling in the 2016 election that brought Donald Trump to the White House.

"Moscow likewise reacted politically (in its own way), first spoofing Global Positioning System signals to try and present Defender and a Dutch frigate as aggressively heading straight for the Russian Black Sea Fleet base at Sevastopol. and now claiming - as they have in the past - to have "driven" the Royal Navy away by aggressive operations", he added.

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Passing Istanbul on June 10th, Defender was at the Ukrainian port of Odessa by June 18th in company with a Dutch Frigate.

The U.S. Naval Institute's news website had reported Monday that HMS Defender's and another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warship's open-source intelligence data was faked to make it appear as if they sailed directly to the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria border the Black Sea.

Speaking before the incident, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, sharply criticized the deployment of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warships near Russian waters.

He charged that the British destroyer Dragon intruded into the Russian waters near Crimea in October, and the USA destroyer John McCain violated the Russian border in the Sea of Japan in November. Moscow withdrew some of its forces after sweeping maneuvers, but Ukrainian officials say that the bulk of them have remained.

"We aren't striving for a decisive, unilateral military advantage to tip the balance of forces in our favor", Putin said.

"Russia is in a very, very hard spot right now".

"Nato.is something that was born in the Cold War area", he said.

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