UK And France Send Patrol Ships To Black Sea, As Kiev Expects Warships

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UK And France Send Patrol Ships To Black Sea, As Kiev Expects Warships

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On May 16th, a British Navy patrol ship entered the Black Sea.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has started tracking the British Royal Navy’s HMS Trent patrol vessel, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Management Center reported.

“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet have started tracking the activities of the Trent patrol vessel of the British Navy, which entered the Black Sea waters on May 16,” the statement said.

On May 11th, the report said the Black Sea Fleet started keeping a close eye on the French Navy’s patrol ship Commandant Birot, which had entered the Black Sea.

This is the scope of the support that NATO is providing Ukraine, so far.

Back in mid-April, reports surfaced that British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

This was according to unnamed Navy officials, cited by the Sunday Times.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told the Times, “The UK and our international allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

They added, “We are working closely with Ukraine to monitor the current situation and continue to call on Russia to de-escalate.

“Our armed forces continue to support Ukraine through our training mission Operation Orbital, which has trained over 20,000 members of the armed forces of Ukraine, and the UK-led Maritime Training Initiative.”

According to the report from mid-April, Britain is sending a Type 45 destroyer, equipped with anti-aircraft missiles, and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate. F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin helicopters based on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will be on standby to provide support—an international treaty currently prohibits aircraft carriers themselves from entering the Black Sea.

None of that has taken place by mid-May.

The UK already has special forces and Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft deployed to the region. An SAS special forces team and Royal Signals electronic unit were officially sent to Ukraine in early April, alongside a US special operations team, to “monitor Russian activity”. Six RAF Typhoon jets, armed with Paveway bombs and Brimstone missiles, have been despatched to Romania as part of a NATO “air policing mission” to patrol the Black Sea region.

Russia responded to the news that US warships were on their way with a statement warning of a high likelihood of serious “incidents”. Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said, “There is absolutely nothing for American ships to be doing near our shores, this is purely a provocative action. Provocative in the direct sense of the word: they are testing our strength… They will not succeed.

“We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast. It will be for their own good.”

There are currently more than a dozen Russian naval vessels on deployment in the Black Sea. Fifty Russian fighter jets, bombers and attack aircraft are engaged in “exercises over the Black Sea”, according to Russian news organisation Interfax, including “missile launches and bombardment of naval targets.” The Russian air force and Black Sea fleet are also scheduled to carry out joint exercises designed to “ensure security in the Black Sea”.

Ultimately, only a single Guard Coast vessel from the US made it to the Black Sea.

As such, Ukraine continues waiting for the warships to come and help it, while it gets patrol and coast guard vessels that will provide the minimum notion of support.

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Ams

Dont let them in Russia, just block them hahahha

Dick Von D'astard

A project 22160 off of the UK’s Humber Estuary would be a good symmetrical response.

Proud hindu

Lol. Putin betrayed allies like Armenia and India for a few dollars while his enemies who are now his business partners continue to harm Russia.Either Putin is an idiot or Putin is a traitor.

Ricky Miller

Baloney. Armenia played up ties to the West and even sent forces to drill with the Americans. They made their own bed and the collective security agreement doesn’t require Russian assistance with N-K; only an attack directly on Armenia. India? Again, what a lie. India is signing up to be an American satellite, allowing American forces to stop in India while pressuring other states and even allowing the Americans to inspect an Indian submarine of Russian manufacture. India is limiting defense purchases from Russia in an effort to please the Americans, so no, President Putin didn’t betray India. Are you getting part of that $300 million American media war hybrid op campaign?

Ragheadthefiendlyterrorist

No, he’s just a Modifellating Bhaktonazi. Indian Internet is crammed to the brim with these Modi worshippers.

Hobgoblin

Armenia had it coming for the tremendously stupid policy of Pashinyan (which hasn’t become better since). Shame nontheless that largest parts of Karabakh are lost now.

Ragheadthefiendlyterrorist

Oh? Then it wasn’t India which started out by buying Amerikastani and zionazi weapons and allying with Amerikastan in the so called “quad”? Good to know.

Have you bathed in cow urine yet today as a protection against Covid, while banging a plate at the behest of the gibbering globetrotting genocidal gangster Gujarati who is your god?

Cornelius Pipe

Let the fish swim into the barrel.

southfront fan

Proud hindu is a troll.

I wonder just how far the americans and vassals can push Russia/China before they respond.
I will be sooooooo glad to see the end of the american empire, the Iranians are right the americans are the “great satan”, to be fair, maybe every empire is

Jens Borg

Fishing boats.

BlueHeadLizard

Massive overreach by little England which needs to keep its gunboats close to home to defend Jersey, Guernsey and fish from the EU / France.

Oh, I forgot England is USA’s colony like Puerto Rico so has to follow orders.

BlueHeadLizard

“…..Our armed forces continue to support Ukraine through our training mission Operation Orbital, which has trained over 20,000 members of the armed forces of Ukraine, and the UK-led Maritime Training Initiative……..” holy cow! So if Russia and Ukraine end up at war due to escalation, British forces as an ally of Ukraine could be at war with Russia.
Sh.t, better move out of London if those 5 ICBMs ( 2 fusion + 3 fission) are still pre-targetted on London as in Soviet times.

BlueHeadLizard

yep pretty well the same as Soviet times – Western Europe major cities wiped off the map:

“…..These are the nuclear targets Vladimir Putin could strike in World War 3……”
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/world-war-3-russia-nuclear-17116616

And UK is not even in the EU anymore. Is the risk worth it over Ukraine?

eyesore

Now needs only a Single SS-18 Sarmat ‘satan-2’ with its ten 750kTON MIRV’s to obliterate whole of England + Wales