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UK government warns of Russian attacks on Black Sea civilian cargo ships

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The UK authorities on Wednesday warned that Russia may goal civilian delivery within the Black Sea by laying sea mines on the approaches to Ukrainian ports after which blaming Ukraine.

London final month stated that Russian forces focused a civilian cargo ship within the area with “multiple missiles” however they had been efficiently intercepted by air defences.

Citing declassified intelligence, it stated there was a threat of assault to cargo ships travelling via Ukraine’s “humanitarian corridor” to discourage Ukrainian grain exports.

“Russia’s pernicious targeting of civilian shipping in the Black Sea demonstrates Putin’s total disregard for civilian lives and the needs of the world’s most vulnerable,” stated International Secretary James Cleverly.

“The world is watching — and we see right through Russia’s cynical attempts to lay blame on Ukraine for their attacks.”

Cleverly’s division stated by releasing its evaluation of intelligence reviews, “the UK seeks to expose Russia’s tactics to deter any such incident from occurring”.

Russia withdrew from the Black Sea Grain Initiative in July.

Since then, Russian assaults have broken 130 port infrastructure services and destroyed almost 300,000 tonnes of grain — sufficient to feed multiple million folks for a yr, the UK stated.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reaffirmed UK backing for Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urging wavering Western allies to keep up weapons provides.

“If we give President Zelenskyy the tools, the Ukrainians will finish the job,” he advised his ruling Conservative social gathering’s annual convention in Manchester, northwest England.

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