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The US military said a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday hit the propeller of a US drone over the Black Sea, causing US forces to bring it down in international waters.
The US. The European Command said in a statement that two Russian Su-27 fighter jets “conducted an unsafe and unprofessional interception” of a US MQ-9 drone operating within international airspace over the Black Sea.
He said that one of the Russian fighters “hit the propeller of the MQ-9, causing the US forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters,” adding that the Su-27s several times before the collision left fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a “reckless, environmentally-sound and unprofessional manner.”
“This incident shows a lack of competence as well as being unsafe and unprofessional,” he added. The incident comes amid rising Russian-US tensions over Moscow’s war in Ukraine.