According to reports, UK warships are heading to the Black Sea as tensions between Ukraine and Russia rise.

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The Sunday Times newspaper announced, quoting senior naval sources, that British warships would leave for the Black Sea in May, despite growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the publication, the deployment is intended to express unity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies.

According to the paper, one Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and one anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will depart from the Royal Navy’s carrier task force in the Mediterranean and transit the Bosphorus into the Black Sea.

The task group’s flag ship, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, will have RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters ready to protect the warships in the Black Sea, according to the paper.

Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have risen as a result of a buildup of Russian forces along the border and tensions between the army and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The UK Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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According to a ministry spokesperson, the UK government is closely monitoring the situation with Ukraine and continues 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.

-Reuters

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