- Russia claimed the area was in Russia’s territorial waters, according to Reuters.
- Russia said a bomber “dropped four bombs ahead of the British ship’s path to persuade it to change course” and a patrol ship fired a warning shot, ABC News reports.
- The British ship then allegedly left the waters thereafter.
- “No warning shots have been fired at HMS Defender,” the ministry said in a statement, according to Politico. “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,” the British Ministry of Defense said. “No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognize the claim that bombs were dropped in her path.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the ship was carrying out “routine transit from Odessa towards Georgia across the Black Sea.”
- “As is routine, Russian vessels shadowed her passage and she was made aware of training exercises in her wider vicinity,” he added, according to Politico.