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Russia honors fighter pilots involved in US drone incident

Russia decorated this Wednesday the pilots of the two russian fighters who were involved in the incident with the US drone in the Black Seawhich sank about 100 kilometers southwest of the peninsula of crimea after allegedly colliding one of the Su-27 bombers with the MQ-9 Reaper.

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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu handed them orders of courage for having “prevented the violation by the US MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle of the limits of the temporary airspace restriction zone” established by Russia around Crimea for the military campaign in Ukraine.

Russia considers the flight of the US drone a “provocation”, but denies that there was a collision, as the US claimed, which published images of the incident last week.

In the video you can see that one of the drone’s propellers and one of the props are damaged “after colliding 60 seconds before the Russian Su-27 with the American MQ-9.”

The Russian Defense Ministry reiterated today that the fighters were sent to “identify the intruder” and that the drone lost altitude and hit the surface of the water only “as a result of sudden maneuvers that led to an uncontrolled flight” of the American apparatus.

“The Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons, did not come into contact with the UAV and returned safely to their home airfield.”emphasized the department headed by Shoigu.

Source: Elcomercio

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