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Several newspapers picture the British warship HMS Defender, which was shadowed by Russian aircraft and ships as it sailed near Crimea. One of the Daily Mail’s journalists was on board at the time and has written an account of how” bursts of cannon fire rang out” as Russian jets “menaced the UK destroyer”. Sailors frantically pulled on flame retardant suits and body armour, the paper adds. It describes it as the “most alarming escalation” of UK-Russian tensions since the Salisbury poisonings.