The sensitive files contained details explaining the movements of a warship that led to Russia firing warning shots off the Crimean coast
The British government is investigating how secret defense documents, describing the movements of a warship that led Russia to pull warning shots off the Crimean coast, were found at a bus stop in England.
The Defense Minister (MoD) said on Sunday that an employee had reported documents lost last week and that an investigation had been launched.
“It doesn’t have to be able to happen,” Brandon Lewis, Northern Ireland’s minister, told Sky News. “It has been reported correctly at the moment … there is an internal investigation into this situation.”
A member of the public, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted the BBC after finding 50 pages of classified information in a pile of rubbish behind a bus stop in Kent on Tuesday.
Newspapers included a set of documents discussing Russia’s possible reaction to HMS Defender’s voyage across Ukrainian waters off the coast of Crimea on Wednesday, according to the BBC, while another presented plans for a possible British military presence. in Afghanistan.
The MoD said that HMS Defender “has made an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law” and that “all potential factors” are taken into account when making “operational decisions”.
HMS Defender is part of the UK Carrier Strike Group which is currently heading towards the Indo-Pacific region.
However, it was announced earlier this month that he was temporarily moving away from the group to carry out his “own series of missions” in the Black Sea.
The Type 45 destroyer caused clashes with Russian forces on Wednesday when it was working waters south of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia officially annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Moscow responded by having several aircraft shading the ship at varying heights, the lowest being about 500 feet (152 meters).