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First physical contact between Russian and US military aircraft since Ukraine invasion [Video]




  • A US Air Force drone, the MQ-9 Reaper, was forced down by a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea after the propeller was damaged in a collision.
  • The incident occurred while the Reaper drone and two Russian Su-27 aircraft were flying over international waters.
  • This marks the first time Russian and US military aircraft have come into direct physical contact since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine just over a year ago.

On Tuesday, March 14th, a US Air Force drone, the MQ-9 Reaper, was intercepted and forced down by a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea, resulting in a complete loss of the MQ-9. The incident occurred while the drone and two Russian Su-27 aircraft were flying over international waters.

According to a statement by the US European Command, one of the Russian jets intentionally flew in front of and dumped fuel on the unmanned drone several times, before hitting the propeller of the drone. US forces then brought the MQ-9 drone down in international waters.

Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder stated that the Russian aircraft flew “in the vicinity” of the drone for 30 to 40 minutes before the collision just after 7 a.m. Central European Time. Air Force Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, called the Russian actions “unsafe and unprofessional,” adding that the incident nearly caused both aircraft to crash.

The incident marks the first time Russian and US military aircraft have come into direct physical contact since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine just over a year ago. The US called Russia’s actions “reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional.” Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the incident by national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Tuesday morning. Defense Department officials “have not spoken specifically to Russian authorities” on the incident, according to Ryder. The US Defense Department is currently working to declassify imagery from the incident, while Russia has not yet recovered the downed drone.




  1. John J

    March 16, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Is there a Seal team available who would be interested in visiting Russia

  2. K. W.

    March 16, 2023 at 7:03 am

    I quess we will just take it, after all it’s only tax money from mine and your pockets. It’s not like the money came out of J. Bidens pockets. In the mean time more crack and meth will be smoked by the first son. Good way to forget about the whole incident. And don’t be fretting Russia’s retreaval of our highly classified drone. We don’t seem to mind giving away our military secrets these day’s. Just ask the Talaban. The way I hear it is China built the parts for it anyway

  3. James

    March 16, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Nobody is afraid of the US anymore. They know we have an inconpetent president and they just do whatever they want to. Biden is not going to do anything and I wonder how the Democrats are going to blame this on Trump. Did he say something 3 or 4 years ago that might have caused Russia to do this?

  4. Ken

    March 16, 2023 at 9:13 am

    This is international bullying is happening because Biden has been compromised by almost every country in the world. If he reacts they publish proof he took payments. He has to go.

  5. Patricia Ann Moody

    March 16, 2023 at 9:35 am

    You are ALL right! Biden , is not fit for the presidency, & taking Americans with him. Russia knows America has no power behind them! yes , the American Army, left very valuable weapons & machinery to the Taliban in The AFiganistan war. Lying , saying , they were of no use. BS! It seems to me , it’s SCARY to say this, but Biden seems to be on the side of Russia& China! I have NEVER imagined, that , we may have a Traitor, not just him, but quite a few in This Government! Because our own Government is “drowning U.S. Americans, we had lousy choices for the presidency, none of them are worth a “Wooden Nickle”, I hate to see how this is going to end up? Then the Government, has legal right to take our Bank Accounts & freeze them ! How will we live? & who in Congress made, this law, which is BACK-STABBING Americans, !! These politicians are ALL Traitors, & the American Citizens know it! It’s ALL Negative, this country has NO LEADERSHIP, I feel SORRY for All of us!!! Drugs & INSANITY, is what our “FLAG”, stands for!!!

    • Doug in Ru

      March 16, 2023 at 11:23 am

      Patricia, it’s not too late to move to another country if you’re dissatisfied with having your children butchered for the sake of gender identity, or having the government offices fill with the most incompetent individuals the world has to offer or having your border wide open for drugs, illegals and terrorist from over 124 different countries or having your tax money spent on a war that is of no concern to the US except to the Biden’s and there 10%; 100 billion taxpayer dollars for Ukraine that could be used to make living better for all American. You do know that a large chunk this money goes to finance the pensions of Ukrainians..? There is a country that actually cares about its citizens and does not spend billions on constant foreign wars. A country where the cost of living is far below the US and grocery store shelves are filled with every kind of food you can imagine. Where freedom isn’t just a patriotic word espoused by politicians looking for a vote. Where the cost of gasoline has been stable for over 6 years. And where there is NO personnel income tax. Tax burden falls on the corporate entities. A country that has big wide open spaces and the cost of land is very inexpensive…and no building permits required to build. If you are interested just ask me…I know first hand where of I speak…

  6. William Chouramanis

    March 16, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Just push the button and end it all! It will take care of all the diversity as long as the nukes do a thorough job. That will keep you all happy.

  7. Doug in Ru

    March 16, 2023 at 10:57 am

    I know most American have no idea what is truly happening in Ukraine because the US news only espouses the narrative that the democrat WH tells them to air. The US is backing the Ukraine regime with billions of dollars that goes directly to off shore accounts and to finance the Nazi’s in the Ukraine military. YES!!! SURPRISE,…there are nasty Nazi’s in Ukraine. This really pissed off Moscow since the US and Russia fought the Nazi’s in WW2 and now the US backs them. Incidentally there was/is an agreed to No-Fly-Zone in place that was agreed to by the US and the EU in the Black Sea area. So why was the US Reaper Drone in the NO-Fly-Zone.? And picture of the returning Russian aircraft do not show any signs of damage from the drone propeller. But then you don’t get all the news around this incident. and anyone with more info than what is reported by the Pentagon is right away treated as Putin stooges. Good luck with that attitude….

  8. joe enos

    March 16, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    isnt amazing how we are always the good guy and every one else is the bad guys, cant help but love how the liberal biased media plays these stories out, doing their best to make biden look like a man of courage, when he is a pathalogical liar and his this is nothing new, go back and see his college record, steal other peoples material and claiming it was his, claiming to be a professor after speaking at a university, the list goes on and on. and the liberals love him i guess they see a lot of themselves in biden

  9. Patricia Ann Moody

    March 16, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Doug in Ru, are you talking about EKRAINE???, Well , that’s good News, I Guess the Russians invaded MARS!

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