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U.S. Accuses Russia of Striking Drone Over Black Sea

HeadlineMar 15, 2023

Russian fighter jets intercepted a U.S. drone over the Black Sea Tuesday, leading the operators of the MQ-9 Reaper drone to bring it down in international waters. The U.S. military says it downed the drone after its propeller was struck by a Russian jet. Russia denies making contact with the drone, which it said was gathering intelligence to help Ukraine attack Russia, and said it had entered a prohibited area near Crimea. If a collision is confirmed, it would be the first known contact between the U.S. and Russian militaries since the start of the war in Ukraine. We’ll have more on the implications of this, as well as the latest reports on the Nord Stream pipeline, after headlines with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill.

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