© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was towed by tugboat when it arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base, its new home port, in Portsmouth
(Reuters) – British warships will travel to the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Sunday Times reported, citing senior naval sources.
The deployment is intended to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies, the newspaper reported https: //
A Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and a Type 23 anti-submarine destroyer will leave the Royal Navy’s carrier strike group in the Mediterranean and cross the Bosphorus into the Black Sea. , according to the report.
The RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jet and Merlin hunting helicopters will be available aboard the special forces flag carrier, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to assist the warships in, the report adds. Black Sea, the report adds.
Tensions between Moscow and Kyiv are growing amid rising Russian troops along the border and clashes in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists.
Officials at the UK Defense Department were not immediately available to comment.
A ministry spokesperson told the newspaper that the British government is working closely with Ukraine to monitor the situation and continue to call on Russia to de-escalate.
“The UK and our international allies are steadfastly supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the newspaper quoted the spokesperson.
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