The Embassy refuted the statement of the British Ministry of Defense about Russian mines in the Black Sea The Russian Embassy in London refuted the statements of the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) about allegedly “Russian mines” near Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea.
According to diplomats, such statements distort reality. This is stated on the website of the diplomatic mission.
“In the same message, it is explicitly stated that “attempts to export Ukrainian food were threatened because of mines laid by “Russian troops.” Such a submission, in our opinion, deliberately distorts reality,” the diplomats said.
The embassy recalled that back in March it was stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) mined the water area with rare mines of the first half of the XX century “allegedly to protect against amphibious landings.” Therefore, according to the diplomatic department, the export of grain from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhnoye “has been difficult for a long time.”
“We call on the British Ministry of Defense to carefully check the incoming information and avoid unfounded accusations,” the Russian embassy urged.
On March 31, the Russian Defense Ministry estimated that in the period from February 25 to March 4 in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, the remnants of the minesweeping forces of the Ukrainian Navy exposed about 420 naval anchor mines of outdated design of the YAM-1 type, in the Black Sea — 370 and in the Azov — 50. Later, due to a storm in the Black Sea and unsatisfactory technical condition, there were breaks of cables with bottom anchors at about 10 min.