Russia Honors Pilots Who Harassed, Collided With U.S. Drone

  • “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,” U.S. European Command said in a statement.
  • “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.”
  •  Some Russian officials have accused the U.S. of conducting surveillance flights to help the Ukrainians strike Russian targets, the AP reported.
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