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New Video Proves Russia Tried To Attack U.S. MQ-9 Drone

Su-27 Russia Drone Attack Screenshot
Su-27 Russia Drone Attack Screenshot

The United States military proved that the Kremlin was lying this week when a statement claimed that Russian pilots did not deliberately collide with a U.S. drone over the Black Sea.

According to Russia, the American MQ-9 Reaper drone was in airspace declare “off limits” due to the war in Ukraine. Two Russian jets that interacted with the aircraft were not responsible for its sudden downing in international waters on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Pentagon released footage showing a Russian fighter jet dumping fuel on an American drone.

In the clip, large quantities of fuel can be seen pouring out the back of the aircraft. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a press conference that the video is the most “clear and convincing evidence” of the account put forward by the U.S. military about the incident, proving that the Russians were “flat-out lying” about what happened. 

While the video proves some interaction between the aircraft, the Pentagon refrained from accusing Russian pilots of deliberately striking the unmanned aircraft

While Russia’s actions could be easily interpreted as aggressive, Kirby reminded reporters that the United States is still not looking for conflict with Russia. 

The video was shared by U.S. European Command on YouTube. The description reveals that the video had been purposely declassified and, while edited for length purposes, the events in the video are depicted in sequential order.

“Two Russian Su-27 aircraft conducted an unsafe and unprofessional intercept with a U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance unmanned MQ-9 aircraft operating within international airspace over the Black Sea on March 14, 2023. Russian Su-27s dumped fuel upon and struck the propeller of the MQ-9, causing U.S. forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters. (U.S. Air Force video),” the description reads.

The video was recorded from a camera fitted to the underside of the American drone. It shows both times a Russian jet passes the drone, spraying fuel, apparently in an attempt to strike the jet. It is during the second pass that the plane collides with the propeller mounted to the rear side of the drone, causing the drone to fall. Communications are also lost, causing pixelations and distortions in the clip. 

According to U.S. European Command, operators lost contact with the drone for roughly one minute. When the video feed returned, one of the blades from the propeller appears to be damaged.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.