Classified Ministry of Defence documents have been found at a bus stop in Kent, reports the BBC.
According to the BBC, the files discuss the Russian reaction to the passage of HMS Defender through Ukrainian waters off Crimea.
“One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship’s passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday. Another details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO operation there ends.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told the BBC the loss had been reported and that “It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Recently we reported that HMS Defender ignored Russian warnings while the warship was sailing near Crimea, so Russia hit back with information warfare trying to paint a story of aggression. Russian efforts to confuse the situation caught many out, including us.
In response argues Molly McKew here, Russia “made noise”. As HMS Defender sailed around Crimea, Russia went on information offense.
“It had been decided that HMS Defender, now sailing on its own, would pass within the boundary Russia views as its territorial waters around Crimea. No one else recognizes these as Russian waters, since the annexation of Crimea is not officially recognized by almost anyone. So it seems like the UK, coordinating with its American and NATO partners, decided to make a statement to this effect — that the annexation of Crimea is not something that is de facto recognized without challenge or protest.