Russia Claims U.S. Is ‘Directly Involved’ In Fighting War In Ukraine

  • The statement from the U.S. European Command said that multiple times before the incident occurred that both of the Russian Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless manner that was environmentally unsound and demonstrated a “lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”
  • “Our MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. James B. Hecker, commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa.
  • “In fact, this unsafe and unprofessional act by the Russians nearly caused both aircraft to crash.”