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Video Shows Moment Russian Jet Clipped U.S. Reaper Drone, Crashing It

Footage shows the Russian jet maneuver around the U.S. Reaper drone before clipping its propeller, sending it spiraling

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The United States has released video of its drone being downed by a Russian jet over the Black Sea, near where Russia claims its “special military operation” airspace begins.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon confirmed that an unmanned U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was pursued by two Russian Su-27 fighter jets, and ultimately brought down after one of the jets repeatedly flew in front of the drone, dumped its fuel overhead, and finally clipped its propeller.

Video released by the Pentagon shows the moment the incident took place. After the brief collision with the Russian jet, viewers can watch the Reaper’s propeller slowly stop moving, and the craft begin to lose altitude.

“It fell so close to Sevastopol that the Russians likely have it,” wrote Gonzalo Lira, a foreign journalist currently living in Ukraine. He added that the Russians are now likely “taking it apart to figure out how to jam it electronically.”

United States insists that its drone was behaving normally while flying in international when it was brought down, unprovoked, by the Russian pilot. In a statement, the Pentagon slammed the “reckless, environmentally unsound, and unprofessional manner” which Russia handled itself.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense, meanwhile, released its own statement in which it claimed the Reaper drone was behaving abnormally, and headed toward the airspace of Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, at the time of the incident.

“The drone flight was carried out with its transponders turned off and violated the boundaries” of the country’s “Special Military Operation,” Russia’s MOD claimed. “As a result of sharp maneuvering at about 9:30 (Moscow time), the MQ-9 drone went into an unguided flight and collided with the water surface.”

Since the incident, Russia has announced plans to recover the drone, further escalating tensions with the United States.

“I don’t know if we will be able to get it or not, but we need to do it… And we will definitely look into it,”said Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, according to CNN.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov underscored this to reporters, telling them that the drone will be recovered and further actions will be taken in the Black Sea.

“This is the prerogative of the military,” said Peskov. “If they believe that it is necessary for our interests and our security in the Black Sea, they will do it.”

In the United States, meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested the country should respond with violence, and begin shooting down Russian jets that threaten U.S. Aircraft in international airspace, because it is what President Ronald Reagan would have wanted.

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    March 17, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Gee. Austin, Milley and crew told us al the equipment abandoned at Bagram (including drones)had been “deactivated.” Then just after this downing, Milley says he has “moved on” from the incident. As I said earlier about the abandoned equipment. Russians and Chinese swarmed in to Bargam to get their hands on it. Further, people do not realize the spy balloon that Biden allowed to traverse the US was collecting every bit of info. What systems are encrypted, which systems we shut down, and all communications between commands and the jets that shot it down. It also transmitted the electronic frequencies and signatures of the missiles we fired at it. Now the Chinese have more accurate info the jam the weapons signals.

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    March 17, 2023 at 9:53 am

    Graham is an idiot and Biden and Miley are traitors. It is now proven the bidens were taking money from the CCP so Biden should be removed.

    What did Miley think Russia would do with a spy drone near their territory? Was this to escalate a war? Biden let a CCP spy balloon traverse our entire country getting what they need to attack us. So I guess they got what they paid for – their “boy” in the WH. Biden has sold America out with every action he has taken and executive order he has signed.

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    March 17, 2023 at 10:17 am

    So, we routinely send spy drones over Russia? What would we do with one if Russia sent one over here? Probably nothing right?

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      Jersey Prophet

      March 18, 2023 at 4:57 pm

      Right! A Russian spy drone would be treated like the CCP spy balloon – allowed to finish its mission by the puppet who’s owned by the same CCP.

      Those multi-million dollar fund transfers sent to the biden crime family by his owners do have quid-pro-quos attached!

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