Three Russian warships escorted through English Channel by Royal Navy vessels amid WW3 fears

RUSSIAN warships have been escorted through the English Channel by the Royal Navy amid mounting fears of World War Three.

The three vessels were followed closely by HMS Tyne and HMS Dragon as the west unites against the threat.


The Ministry of Defence said: "Royal Navy ships HMS Tyne and HMS Dragon have escorted three Russian warships through the North Sea and English Channel as part of a unified response with allies.

"They took over from the Dutch Navy and will pass onto the Marine Nationale to continue the escort."

It follows the announcement of Moscow's Ministry of Defence that Vladimir Putin plans to hold naval drills in the Atlantic, Arctic, Mediterranean and Pacific this month.

Over the coming weeks, war games with Putin ally Belarus will include displays by more than 140 warships and support vessels.

The exercise will also feature 60 aircraft, 1,000 piece of military equipment and around 10,000 servicemen, the defence ministry said.

WAR GAMES

It comes amid growing fears of WW3 following reports that Moscow has gathered 100,000 troops with tanks and missiles batteries in a threat to invade Ukraine.

New evidence that emerged yesterday suggested troops are massing within striking distance of Kiev.

Forces are in Belarus less than 20 miles from Ukraine's frontier, after a surge in troop and equipment movements in recent days from Russia's far east.

The families of troops expect them to be involved in a lengthy war after being told they could be away from home for nine months.

New videos show invasion drills by paratroopers ahead of hastily arranged joint "exercises" with Putin ally Belarus.

And trains carrying rocket launchers, armoured vehicles and communication trucks have been spotted near Belarus towns Gomel and Rechitsa, according to an analysis by DFRLab.

WW3 FEARS

Military police – essential in an invasion – are among the forces moved close to Ukraine, reported another study by Radio Liberty and the Conflict Intelligence Team.

Russia said the drills are a response to a military build-up in Poland and Lithuania, which border Ukraine.

Boris Johnson has warned it would be a "disaster for the world" if Russia invades Ukraine and added "any kind of incursion, on any scale" would be catastrophic.

He spoke as NATO allies attempt to talk Putin down from an attack the Pentagon says is "imminent".

Three amphibious assault ships have now sailed through the English Channel to reinforce its Black Sea fleet.

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Worryingly, the independent Conflict Intelligence Team reported Russian military hardware had been detected in Belarus, 24 miles from Ukraine.

Earlier this month, a Royal Navy warship hit asubmerged Russian submarine.

It was the first collision between Russian and Royal Navy vessels since the end of the Cold War.

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