FILE PHOTO: Russian Sukhoi Su-24M front-line bombers fly in formation through the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World Battle Two, above Purple Sq. in Moscow, Russia, Might 9, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
July 3, 2021
By Tom Balmforth
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian warplanes practiced bombing enemy ships within the Black Sea throughout coaching workout routines, Russia mentioned on Saturday, amid friction with the West over NATO drills within the area and following a latest incident with a British warship.
Moscow final week challenged the correct of HMS Defender to cross via waters close to Crimea, one thing London mentioned it had each proper to do. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 however many of the world nonetheless recognises it as a part of Ukraine.
Russia mentioned the vessel had illegally entered its territorial waters and accused London of a “provocation”. Moscow has mentioned it may bomb British naval vessels if there are extra such actions by the British navy off Crimea.
On Saturday, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet mentioned warplanes from its aviation items and people of the southern army district had taken half in coaching drills.
“Plane crews … carried out coaching flights over the Black Sea, training missile and bombing strikes in opposition to simulated enemy ships,” it was quoted as saying by the RIA information company.
The drills concerned plane together with Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-purpose fighters, Sukhoi Su-24M bombers, Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers and Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets, the report mentioned.
The train comes as NATO, Ukraine and allies conduct their large-scale Sea Breeze drills within the area.
These drills are set to final two weeks and contain about 5,000 army personnel from NATO and different allies, and round 30 ships and 40 plane, with U.S. missile destroyer USS Ross and the U.S. Marine Corps collaborating.
Moscow had referred to as for the train to be cancelled and the Russian defence ministry has mentioned it would react to safeguard nationwide safety if vital.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Modifying by David Holmes)