The classified papers included plans for a possible U.K. military presence in Afghanistan, as well as discussion about the potential 러시아인 reaction to the British warship HMS Defender’s travel through waters off the Crimean coast last week, the BBC said.
The broadcaster said a member of the public who wanted to remain unnamed contacted it after finding the pile of documents — about 50 pages in all — in a soggy heap Tuesday behind a bus stop in Kent, southeast of 런던.
The Ministry of Defense said an employee had reported the loss of the documents last week.
“The department takes the security of information extremely seriously and an investigation has been launched,” 그것은 성명에서 말했다. “It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The HMS Defender upset 러시아 military on Wednesday when it sailed south of the Crimean Peninsula in a Black Sea area that 모스크바 claims as territorial waters. Many nations, 포함하는 영국., do not accept Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from 우크라이나 and consider that area to be Ukrainian waters.
러시아 said one of its warships fired warning shots in response to the destroyer’s intrusion, but Britain denied that account and said the warship was not in Russian waters. The Ministry of Defense said the ship was “conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.”