Valadimir Putin has sent an attack submarine into the English Channel – just days before England battle Russia in the Euros.
The Sun can reveal the kilo-class submarine Stary Oskol – armed with missiles and torpedoes – will pass through the Dover Straits at 10am tomorrow.
England’s heroes in defence on board Royal Navy frigate HMS Kent had intercepted the Russian supersub in the North Sea.
Exclusive pictures obtained by The Sun show the diesel-electric powered submarine – sailing above the surface – monitored by HMS Kent.
A Russian support tug can also be seen in the shock pictures – certain to inflame patriotic passions ahead of England’s opener.
Putin’s latest act of sabre-rattling comes ahead of England’s crunch curtain-raiser against Russia on Saturday night at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille.
Insiders said the sub had been tracked since Sunday by anti-submarine Type 23 frigate HMS Kent after it left her home port at Severmorsk.
The submarine was picked up in the North Sea and closely marked as she sailed down the UK’s eastern coastal flank, in a defensive move certain to inspire Roy Hodgson’s squad.
Royal Navy sources refused to say where the sub was headed – but based on previous journeys it is expected to be sailing for the Black Sea.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was quick to hail the Royal Navy for snuffing out Putin’s latest attempt to intimidate the UK ahead of the Euros.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from potential threats.”
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