More than 20 Russian aircraft and two coastguard ships have shadowed a British warship sailing near Crimea.
Moscow’s defence ministry said that HMS Defender entered Russian territorial waters near Crimea while a patrol ship fired warning shots and a jet dropped bombs in its path.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said no warning shots were fired.
However, a BBC correspondent onboard the warship said it has been harassed the Russian military.
Aircraft could be heard overhead as the BBC’s defence correspondent, Jonathan Beale, filed a report from the deck of HMS Defender in the Black Sea. He described hostile warnings over the radio as the navy crew prepared for a possible confrontation.
Our correspondent, who had been invited aboard the ship before the incident happened, describes more than 20 aircraft in the skies above the British ship – and says two Russian coastguard boats shadowed the vessel, at times just 100 yards away.
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