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Posted on 03/16/2023 3:48:08 AM PDT by Syncro
Russian fighter jet forces down US drone after collision over Black Sea
The MQ-9 Reaper was brought down in international waters after its propeller was struck by one of two Russian Su-27 aircraft that conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept,” US European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement. It is believed to be the first time since the height of the Cold War that an American aircraft crashed as a result of an encounter with a Russian warplane.
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Wait, isn’t the “war” between Ukraine and Russia? I wasn’t aware that the US was involved in battle in Eastern Europe. And how could Russia know the drone was American as they fight the Ukrainians? Just scratching my head here.
Reaper drone takedown augurs ill for Crimea offensive
The Russians say that the drone was in a prohibited area and that the Russians had notified everyone, including the United States, that the area was off-limits. As it turns out, the drone’s location was about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the Crimean port of Sevastopol, according to Russian reports.
The US says the Reaper drone was not armed. The drone has eight hardpoints and can carry a wide range of weapons. It also has an elaborate sensor suite.
The Russian ambassador, summoned to a meeting at the US State Department, said that the Reaper drone was moving provocatively toward Crimea. He also says that the drone’s transponder was turned off, rendering it difficult to track with radar.
Crimea is ultra-sensitive for the Russians, for strategic reasons because of Sevastopol port and because Moscow considers Crimea to have been part of Russia since the time of Catherine the Great (1762-1798).
The Russians know that Ukraine is planning a Spring offensive, for which it is reportedly marshaling some 40,000 troops. The target is almost certainly Crimea. The cat was let out of the bag by US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, who made clear the US supports strikes on Crimea – a declaration that was celebrated by Ukrainian newspapers.
The US is likely behind the planning and organization of the anticipated Ukrainian offensive. Its purposes are to quickly overrun Crimea and to take pressure off the Ukrainian army in the Donbas area, which is now losing ground steadily to the Russian army, local forces and Wagner Group paramilitary forces.
The drone was in International Airspace.
USA has been doing this regularly here.
Agree with everything you said
Thank you for your opinion.
And some Russian talking points.
Looking for link to video.
US publishes flight maps of American drones in that area. Russian pilots flew around the slower, US marked drone for 40 minutes.
Reaper drone video:
LOL, the drone was moving "provocatively".
ussian plane that took out US drone was ‘out of control’ and flying like it’s ‘amateur hour,’ US official tells PBS
1st word Russian, sorry I dropped the R
Thanks Travis for link to the video.
Thanks for the info, tlozo.
Suppose a Russian drone were 40 miles east of Norfolk, flying west.
Suppose China flew a spy balloon across the whole USA over our sensitive military areas to collect espionage spying info?
Oh that’s right, they did.
Joe Biden approved.
Nice of him to help.
As long as its in international air space, you are supposed to leave it alone.
Some pro Biden jackass here just argued with me the other day how NATO has no involvement in this war.
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