Russian Su-27 ‘shot down’ US MQ-9 Reaper over the Black Sea

SOFIA, BULGARIA — Reports are starting to come in that a Russian Su-27 fighter jet has shot down an American-made MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea. The first reports came from Turkish news agency @SavunmaSanayiST posting a tweet in Tutier. Around the same time, another Twitter account OSINTDefender posted the same news.

Su-27 Flanker fighter jet
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“According to U.S. European Command, early this morning a Russian Su-27 conducted an Interception of a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper on a Mission over the Black Sea, at some point, the Russian Aircraft collided with the Drone causing the Drone to Crash into the Black Sea,” wrote OSINTDefender.

The BBC also confirmed the news at the same time. According to different sources, the information is different, but it is united around the following statements: the Russian Su-27 did not use a missile, but “collided” with the drone. The grain fell into the waters of the Black Sea. The Russian fighter has damage to its hull but managed to land safely at an air base in Crimea.

The drone was part of the US military. According to some sources, after the Russian fighter jet hit the propeller of the drone, the US command was forced to shoot down the drone in the waters of the Black Sea, as it was unable to complete its mission.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

GA might deliver MQ-9 Reaper UAVs to Ukraine in less than 30 days
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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.

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