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BBC journalist on British ship HMS Defender says vessel made 'deliberate' move in passing through Russian waters 'to make a point'

BBC journalist on British ship HMS Defender says vessel made 'deliberate' move in passing through Russian waters 'to make a point' | 23 June 2021 | A BBC journalist on board the British ship HMS Defender has revealed that the destroyer made a "deliberate" move in passing through Russian territorial waters "to make a point," despite receiving warnings from the coast guard. The state broadcaster's defense correspondent, Jonathan Beale, also noted that the ship’s crew heard shots, but they were believed to be "out of range." In an audio report, Beale revealed that the ship purposely moved into the waters near Crimea, within 12 miles (19km) of the coast, through what the British called a "recognised international shipping lane." The transit through Russian waters took over an hour, the correspondent said.