VLADIMIR Putin has claimed the Royal Navy blew up a gas pipeline and also guided a Ukrainian drone attack on his fleet.
The Ministry of Defence dismissed the Russian tyrant’s deranged allegation as lies on “epic scale” aimed at distracting from his failures in the Ukraine war.
Ukraine claims “several Russian warships” were hit in a major drone attack on the port of Sevastopol, in occupied Crimea, which is home to its Black Sea fleet.
Dramatic video shows an explosion lighting up the night sky and a helicopter destroying what is thought to be an underwater kamizake drone.
The attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines at the end of September are widely believed to have been carried out by Russia.
But in a bizarre statement Russia's defence ministry said on Saturday that British Navy personnel blew up the pipelines.
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The same team of “British specialists” unit directed Ukrainian drone attacks which it said were largely repelled by Russian forces, with minor damage to a Russian minesweeper.
"According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year – blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines," the ministry said.
Russia did not give evidence for its claim that a leading NATO member attacked a Russian military facility amid the worst crisis in relations between the West and Russia since the Cold War.
In response the UK’s Ministry of Defence said claim was designed to distract from Russian military failures in Ukraine
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"To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defence is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale," it said.
"This invented story, says more about arguments going on inside the Russian government than it does about the West."
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russian foreign ministry, said Moscow will seek reaction from the U.N. Security Council
She said Moscow wanted to draw attention to "a series of terrorist attacks committed against the Russian Federation in the Black and Baltic Seas, including the involvement of Britain in them".
It was recently claimed Putin may have used drones called "pigs" to blow four holes in his own Nord Stream gas pipelines, reports claim.
In a plot closely echoing a classic Bond movie scene, Russian agents are feared to have packed explosives on robots used to clean and repair the inside of the undersea pipes.
It comes pictures showed gaping holes in the inch-thick steel pipes – which are wrapped in concrete and buried in trenches to protect them from sabotage or accidents.
Experts say only explosives could have caused such damage, and the pattern indicates the blasts came from inside the tubes.
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