Sensitive documents contain a detailed overview of the movement of a warship that caused Russia to fire warning shots off the coast of Crimea
The British government is investigating how secret defense documents were discovered at a bus stop in England, which outline the movements of warships that caused Russia to fire warning shots off the coast of Crimea.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Sunday that an employee reported missing documents last week and has launched an investigation.
“This shouldn’t happen,” Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News. “It was properly reported at the time… an internal investigation into this situation is underway.”
Earlier on Tuesday, an anonymous member of the public found 50 pages of classified information in a wet pile behind a bus station in Kent and then contacted the BBC.
According to the BBC, these documents include a set of documents discussing Russia’s potential response to HMS Defender’s trip to Ukrainian waters off the coast of Crimea on Wednesday, while another document lays out the possible presence of the United Kingdom in Afghanistan. The plan of the military presence.
The Ministry of Defense stated that HMS Defender “passes through Ukrainian territorial waters harmlessly in accordance with international law” and will consider “all potential factors” when making “action decisions”.
HMS Defender is part of the British aircraft carrier strike group currently heading to the Indo-Pacific region.
However, it was announced earlier this month that it would temporarily leave the organization and perform “its own series of tasks” in the Black Sea.
The Type 45 destroyer clashed with Russian troops while sailing in the waters south of the Crimea Peninsula on Wednesday. Russia unofficially annexed the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.
Moscow’s response was to have several aircraft cover the ship at different altitudes, with a minimum altitude of approximately 500 feet (152 meters).