British Destroyer PURPOSEFULLY Crossed Into Crimea’s Territorial Waters, Russia Says Dropped “Warning Bombs”
UK Ministry of Defence ADMITS it sailed through "Ukrainian waters" on purpose
Editor’s note: Unclear if warning shots were actually fired, and “warning bombs dropped”. There is no footage for the bombs. Firing can be heard but the official British story is that the Russians were conducting gunnery exercises nearby. In any case that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that the British Navy intentionally sailed into Crimea’s territorial waters disputing Russia’s claim to the peninsula with a military asset. Imagine the Russian Navy sailing into the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands to make a point of recognizing Argentina’s claim to the islands but not the British one. The British MoD claims “innocent passage” but that is total nonsense. Innocent passage is for when an equally convenient route outside the territorial waters does not exist. You do not cross into territoral waters for no reason whatsoever. Besides there is nothing “innocent” about a warship of a hostile military block sailing into your waters to dispute your claim to your territory. Will the Russians now make it a point to violate UK’s territorial waters?
No warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender.
The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.
— Ministry of Defence Press Office (@DefenceHQPress) June 23, 2021
Second half of the report, including some shots in the distance (not clear if they were actually warning shots), and more close passes by Su-24M bombers near the HMS Defender during its passage by Crimea. 32/https://t.co/WwlfUHqKd5 pic.twitter.com/zthKE5oL2K
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) June 23, 2021
Interesting screenshots from tonight's BBC coverage of the HMS DEFENDER incident in the Black Sea.
Su-24 (White 50) buzzed the ship at low altitude and does appear to be carrying unguided bombs – nothing particularly odd about this though. pic.twitter.com/cIwLsiPlmZ
— tom (@tom_bullock_) June 23, 2021
Machine translated from Russian
The British destroyer crossed the Russian state border at 11:52 and entered the territorial sea near Cape Fiolent for 3 km.
“The destroyer was preliminary warned about the use of weapons in case of violation of the state border of the Russian Federation. He did not respond to the warning, ”the ministry said in a statement to RT.
At 12:06 and 12:08 the border patrol ship performed warning firing, at 12:19 the Su-24m aircraft carried out “warning bombing” along the path of the destroyer. The OFAB-250 aerial bombs were used.
After that, at 12:23 pm, the destroyer Defender left the borders of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defense reported.
British attache was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to explain what happened. Britain officially denies entry into Russian territorial waters and the fact of bombing at the rate of the destroyer.
The provocation itself is obviously a probing reaction to the violation of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean territorial waters. In the absence of the most severe reactions, such provocations will continue.
Ukraine, as usual, will act in such provocations as a springboard for such activities (the destroyer left from Odessa), and in some cases as an instrument.
Of course, you can evaluate for yourself what Boris Johnson’s statements about “readiness to normalize relations with Russia after she changes her behavior” cost. Britain, as a state hostile to the Russian Federation, does not intend to change its behavior at all.
PS. I would have watched the video of the bombing at the Defender course. It is worth remembering that if he would continue to drag in Russian territorial waters, one of the next stages in the development of the situation would be an anti-ship missile in its side.
A BBC journalist aboard the Defender said that the ship was pursued by more than 20 Russian planes, and the ship’s crew was in a state of readiness for hostilities.
Video of the Su-24 overflight next to the British destroyer Defender during a provocation at Cape Fiolent.
Taken before the warning bombing. In total, 4 bombs were dropped.
Arrival of the British military attaché at the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the incident.
Source: Colonel Cassad