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UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times

WorldApr 18, 2021 05:15AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is towed by tugs as it arrives at Portsmouth Naval base, its new home port, in Portsmouth

(Reuters) - British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior naval sources.

The deployment is aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine and Britain's NATO allies, the newspaper reported https://

One Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will leave the Royal Navy's carrier task group in the Mediterranean and head through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea, according to the report.

RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters will stand ready on the task group's flag ship, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to support the warships in the Black Sea, the report added.

Tensions between Moscow and Kyiv have been rising amid a build-up of Russian troops along the border and clashes in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists.

Officials at the UK Ministry of Defence were not immediately available for comment.

A ministry spokesman told the newspaper that the UK government was working closely with Ukraine to monitor the situation and continued to call on Russia to de-escalate.

"The UK and our international allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the newspaper quoted the spokesman as saying.

UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times
 

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David David
David9 Apr 18, 2021 9:39AM ET
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The sea should not be called "Black"...
oeg vokar
oeg vokar Apr 18, 2021 8:30AM ET
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Why not USA? Where is media to ask Biden if USA is leaving NATO? Biden let North Stream 2 to continue, doesn't disturb Putin in Black Sea...and Trump is Putin's puppet??? What a corrupt, fake media??
Oil Bear
Oil Bear Apr 18, 2021 5:29AM ET
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NATO= No Action Talk Only
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Raasta Apr 18, 2021 4:06AM ET
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NATO must at least be present to monitor.
Vv Pp
Vv Pp Apr 18, 2021 4:06AM ET
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yeah, NATO will observe and take notes lol.. like during the last invasion of Putin to Ukraine
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Atlantic Coast Money Apr 18, 2021 3:18AM ET
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Call me paranoid, but this dounds scary.
Atlantic Coast Money
Atlantic Coast Money Apr 18, 2021 3:18AM ET
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*sounds
michael joseph
michael joseph Apr 18, 2021 1:37AM ET
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The world has not recoverd from the disasters caused by coronavirus and you guys are now going into a "warvirus" soon? I don't know what profit is war giving to president puttin of Russian, he is a addict.....oh God please help us....
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Apr 18, 2021 1:37AM ET
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Kremlin naval fleet is much superior.
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Fabrice Lange Apr 18, 2021 1:37AM ET
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Russia is supervised by Mafia and Puttin is the boss. Stop this guy ✋
 
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