Russia hits British ship? The news that shook the world for a few minutes, but here's the truth
Minutes after the news that the Russian army had hit a British ship, British authorities dismissed the news. The news that shook the world and appeared on the front pages of newspapers lasted several minutes until the official British reaction. The British ship was sailing in Ukrainian territorial waters when it was said that the Russian army dropped a bomb to stop it from sailing in the Black Sea.
Moscow's defense ministry was quoted as saying that HMS Defender entered Russian territorial waters near Crimea while a Russian patrol boat fired warning shots while a plane dropped bombs on its way.
But the British Ministry of Defense said no warning shots had been fired at the HMS Defender. He added that the ship was sailing in Ukrainian waters while Russian forces were conducting exercises.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement that HMS Defender was conducting a "routine transit" and entering an internationally recognized traffic corridor.
Russia said the incident took place near Cape Fiolent in southern Crimea and according to a statement from the defense ministry to Russian news agencies it was claimed that the British ship then changed course. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 but this has not been recognized internationally. The defense attaché of the British embassy has been summoned to the Russian Ministry of Defense, for clarifications.
HMS Defender is conducting missions in the Black Sea, according to the Royal Navy website. The warship was in the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa earlier this week, according to the British embassy in Ukraine. Britain and Ukraine have signed an agreement to build warships together and set up two naval bases.