Russia deploys fighter jets: US drones near Crimea

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two fighter jets have been dispatched to intercept two U.S. drones over the Black Sea. This reports the German news website

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the incident occurred near the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. Russia says it wants to prevent a “possible violation of the border.” The German news website Berliner Zeitung reports with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry that an incident disclosed on Sunday involved a US reconnaissance drone. “When the Russian fighter approached, the foreign reconnaissance drone made a U-turn and moved away from the state border of the Russian Federation” says the Russian Defense Ministry.

This information comes from a party to the conflict and has not yet been independently verified / confirmed. For this reason, the report must be evaluated with reservations. In war, it can be advantageous for parties to make false statements about the course of the conflict in order to strengthen their own position or weaken the position of the opponent.

Image:, Vladimir Putin (2022-12-14), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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