Monday, January 30 2017 21:12 EET
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HMS Diamond, capable of shooting down aircraft within 100 kilometers, will enter Black Sea
HMS Diamond, Black Sea,  defense minister, Michael Fallon, London, The Royal Navy

London sends clear signal of support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, - UK defense minister

The Royal Navy is to send destroyer HMS Diamond to the Black Sea; the ship is supposed to fulfill an operative task, Daily Mail reports, according to 112 TV channel.

This is the first time since the Cold War that the British naval vessel is to enter the waters of the Black Sea.

According to the country’s defense minister Michael Fallon, this is the way that the British government confirms its support of Ukraine and its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, as well as protection of democracy all over the world.

HMS Diamond is the modern combat vessel of the British Navy. It was launched in 2007 and put into service in 2011. While wielding the advanced anti-aircraft defense system, it is capable of shooting down hostile aircraft and drones within the range of 100 kilometers.