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Secret military documents found in a pile behind a Kent bus stop

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Secret Ministry of Defence documents were found in a pile behind a Kent bus stop on Tuesday morning (June 22).

The top-secret documents revealed details about HMS Defender and the British military, reports The Mirror.

Almost 50 pages of classified papers were found in a wet pile behind the Kent bus stop.

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The files reportedly relate to HMS Defender and other sensitive issues.

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The paper reportedly examine the expected Russian reaction to the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender passing through Ukrainian waters off the coast of Crimea on Wednesday (June 23) – a day after the papers were found.

Another document relates to UK plans for a potential continued military presence in Afghanistan after Nato's withdrawal, the BBC reports.

A Military of Defence spokesman told the broadcaster that a worker had reported the loss of secret defence papers.

The Government said it had launched an investigation into the incident, according to the BBC.

The documents are said to reveal that the MoD thought Russia may react aggressively before HMS Defender sailed through Ukrainian waters off the coast of Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

The papers reportedly show that the mission, called 'Op Ditroite', was discussed at a high level as late as Monday.

On Wednesday, witnesses claim the Type 45 destroyer was buzzed by Russian military jets and the sound of naval gunfire could be heard as it sailed from Odessa in Ukraine to Georgia.

But the UK government dismissed Russia's claims that it opened fire on the vessel.

Moscow accused the UK of telling "barefaced lies" and warned the incident will have serious consequences.

Asked whether the allegation, made by Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, was correct, Boris Johnson said: "Well, they're the bear.

"That's not my information and my understanding is that the carrier strike group proceeded in the way you would expect through international waters and in accordance with the law."

Russia claimed that four bombs were dropped in the path of the destroyer – but the Ministry of Defence disputes this.

Mr Johnson has come under pressure to reveal whether he personally authorised the Royal Navy destroyer to use the route.

He said: "These are a matter for the MoD (Ministry of Defence) but if you want my view I think it was wholly appropriate to use international waters, and by the way the important point is that we don't recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea, this is part of a sovereign Ukrainian territory, it was entirely right that we should vindicate the law and pursue freedom of navigation in the way that we did, take the shortest route between two points, and that's what we did."

"I think it was very important for the carrier strike group to do what they're going to do around the world, in partnership with 40 other countries on manoeuvres, sticking up for our values, sticking up for what we believe in.

"That includes democracy, human rights, equalities, but also the rule of law and freedom of navigation. We don't recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea, it was illegal, these are Ukrainian waters and it was entirely right to use them to go from A to B."

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