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Russia Fires Warning Shots at British Ship in Black Sea for 'Violating Territorial Waters'

Representational image of Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, followed by Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

Representational image of Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, followed by Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

The Russian defence ministry said the ship left Russian waters after the shots were fired.

A Russian border patrol ship and Su-24 bomber has fired warning shots at a British Navy destroyer in the Black Sea after it violated the country’s territorial waters, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement to news agencies Wednesday.

The HMS Defender “was given a preliminary warning that weapons would be used if the state borders of the Russian Federation were violated. It did not react to the warning," the ministry said, adding that the ship left Russian waters after the shots were fired.

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first published:June 23, 2021, 17:10 IST