Six Russian warships sail past UK en route to Ukraine as tension mounts – Reuters

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The Korolevs, Minsk and Kaliningrad are part of the Baltic Fleet and are today sailing south through England on the high seas amid speculation of an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

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Six large Russian landing ships are sailing near Britain in the North Sea amid speculation of an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

The Korolevs, Minsks and Kaliningrads belong to the Baltic Fleet and sail south through England on the high seas.

They are followed by the Northern Fleet warships Olenegorsky Gornyak, Pyotr Morgunov and Georgii Pobedonosets which crossed the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark yesterday as they left the Baltic Sea, three days after the previous deployment.

Their moves will add to fears that war is looming in Ukraine, although no announcement has been made as to whether they are heading for the Black Sea.

The ships can each carry up to 25 armored personnel carriers.







Russian warships were spotted in the North Sea today
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In new training exercises, three dozen Russian combat aircraft, including Su-34 fighter-bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft and MiG-31 fighter-interceptors, flew from airfields in the regions from Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk.

They hit “mock enemy” targets in “full-scale” exercises involving 500 military personnel.

In the Black Sea, the anti-submarine ship Kasimov “successfully destroyed” air and sea targets with artillery fire in stormy conditions during a naval exercise.

In the Western Military District, a missile regiment armed with an S-400 Triumf mobile surface-to-air missile system carried out remote electronic launches in the Leningrad region.







Crisis deepens amid fears of impending Russian invasion
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Meanwhile, Russia announced the “successful” completion of tests of its Kinzhal – or Dagger – hypersonic missiles.

“Tests of the Kinzhal hypersonic system in the Arctic have been successfully completed,” Izvestia reported.

The missiles had been deployed with Russian forces before testing was completed.

The Kinzhal missile – or Dagger – can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.

It has a range of 1,250 miles and has no equivalent in the West, according to Moscow.

Lithuania has expressed fears over the sudden deployment this week of thousands of Russian forces in neighboring Belarus.







The Korolevs, Minsks and Kaliningrads belong to the Baltic Fleet and sail south past England on the high seas
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Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said today: “In the current situation, we consider the arrival of Russian armed forces in Belarus not only as a destabilizing factor in the security situation, but also as one which poses a even greater direct threat to Lithuania”.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin confirmed that the mission includes moving two mobile S-400 surface-to-air missile battalions, one Pantsir-S battalion and 12 Su-35 fighters for the inspection and “surprise” exercises.

Meanwhile, video shows Russian military hardware continuing to be loaded onto trains in Siberia, to be sent thousands of miles west, possibly to join the new gathering in Belarus, which shares borders with Ukraine and three NATO countries.

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