(AP) — The Russian military says one of its warships in the Black Sea fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs to force a British destroyer away from Russia’s waters near Crimea.
Britain denies that account and insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon. Wednesday’s incident marks the first time since the Cold War that Moscow acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, reflecting soaring Russia-West tensions.
The Russian Defense Ministry said a patrol ship fired warning shots after the British destroyer HMS Defender and a Russian Su-24 bomber dropped four bombs ahead of the British ship to force it to leave Russian waters. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, a move not recognized by most countries.