Russia sends navy ships to monitor USS Donald Cook guided-missile destroyer in the Black Sea

The Russian Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of a US missile destroyer that entered the Black Sea, reported RBC-Ukraine, citing the Russian media. 

"On February 19, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Moscow time, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the waters of the Black Sea. The forces and resources of the Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of the US missile destroyer. Direct control of its actions is ensured by the small missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo and the intelligence ship Ivan Khurs,” the statement reads. 

USS Donald Cook entered the Black Sea through the Dardanelles Strait. USS Donald Cook is a 4th-generation, nuclear-capable destroyer armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. 

In earlier reports, the US Air Force sent a Boeing RC-135V reconnaissance aircraft to patrol the coast of the Crimean Peninsula and the Black Sea coast near Novorossiysk.

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