kyiv affirmed that the United States has already replaced the drone shot down by Russia in the Black Sea

Drone MQ-9 Reaper

The US drone that Washington was forced to shoot down on Tuesday in the Black Sea after an incident with a Russian fighter has already been replaced by another device, assured this Wednesday the spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force, Colonel Yuriy Ignat.

American aviation in the Black Sea is permanent. The Black Sea is not an internal sea of ​​Russia”, Ignat said in statements to the joint news broadcast by Ukrainian television and reproduced by the Ukrainska Pravda outlet.

The military spokesman added that the United States “will evaluate the incident” involving the MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance drone, which also has combat capability, and the Russian Su-27 fighter, but indicated that “another drone is already operating in the place of the downed explorer”.

For his part, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, said that the incident carried out this Tuesday is a sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to expand the war.

“The incident with the American MQ-9 Reaper UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) provoked by Russia in the Black Sea is a sign of the Putin’s willingness to expand the conflict zone with the participation of other parties”, Danilov said in a message on his Twitter account.

Vladimir Putin (AP/File)
Vladimir Putin (AP/file) (Sergey Guneyev/)

In his opinion, the Russian leader is challenging the constant loss of strategic superiority in the hope that there will be a change in the circumstances of the conflict.

The United States had to shoot down one of its drones in the Black Sea on Tuesday after registering an incident with a Russian fighter in mid-flight, which Washington considered a deliberate act and which Moscow denies.

“The Black Sea is exploited by many countries, including NATO members such as Turkey and Romania. There is international airspace in which planes can fly freely, including rovers,” spokesman Ignat stressed.

In your opinion, “it is clear what the (Russian) terrorist state is doing and with what inclinations… The United States will analyze the incident first and obviously draw the appropriate conclusions. But the reaction of the United States was instantaneous: another UAV (drone) flew in its place and continues its work.

In his statements, Ignat clarified that the incident took place in international airspace, southeast of Zmiiny Island, in the Black Sea.

And he recalled that the Russians have repeatedly publicly emphasized that they are upset with what they call the presence of American spies in the Black Sea and in Ukrainian airspace.

Ignat also explained that during the “hybrid aggression” that Russia had with Ukraine, long before the “large-scale invasion” that began more than a year ago, US drones were already monitoring the waters of the Black Sea and the demarcation line. with ORDLO (in the Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk, in the east of the country).

In a statement, the Kremlin specified that the US MQ-9 drone lost altitude due to an uncontrolled maneuver and “collided against the surface of the water.”

(With information from EFE)

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