• Home
  • Latest News
  • Russian Jet and US Drone Collision Sparks Outrage From US Lawmakers

Russian Jet and US Drone Collision Sparks Outrage From US Lawmakers

Russian Jet and US Drone collision draw bluster and condemnation, as US-Russia relations remain a point of contention.

General James B Hecker, commander of the US air forces in Europe and air forces in Africa, reports that an MQ-5 drone ran a routine surveillance flight in international airspace between Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia.  During the flight, two Russian fighter jets encountered and harassed the aircraft over the Black Sea.  

A statement from US European command said the fighter jets “dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner…”.  Ultimately, the aforementioned behavior led to one of the jets crashing into the propeller of the drone, causing it to crash land.  Officials said the fighter jet landed in Crimea; and that they believe the Russian aircraft was also damaged in the collision.

US military personnel are currently making plans to retrieve the drone before Russian armed forces can access it.  Since the collision, the defense department has disabled and wiped the software of the drone.  

Extricating the MQ-5 could prove difficult, as it would require either a naval mission up the mediterranean sea into the black sea, risking Russian interception, or a route up a strait that the Turkish government has refused US access to for months.  

US lawmakers believe President Putin could use the drone as a vital chess piece in attempting to stymie further military support by the US to Ukraine.  

Speaking of this recent escalation, Senator Roger F. Wicker, a Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, had this to say: 

“This brazen act by Russian pilots against an American aircraft flying in international airspace makes clear that Vladimir Putin is an adversary…This incident should serve as a wake-up call to isolationists in the United States that it is in our national interest to treat Putin as the threat he truly is.”

The Russian Defense Ministry released a counter statement, denying all of the accounts of the US defense department, even denying all contact with the MQ-5.  Speaking to the legality of the drone mission, the ministry claimed the drone was flying without its transponders, “violating the boundaries of the temporary airspace regime established for the special military operation, communicated to all users of international airspace, and published in accordance with international standards.”


Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Utah Becomes The First State to Limit Teen Social Media Use

    Protecting children in Utah starting March 1st, 2024, Social media companies will no longer be able to collect a child’s data or be targeted for advertising any longer. This bill will also block children’s access between 10:30 pm and 6:30 am unless adjusted by the children’s parental guardian.

    Man In Southwest Ranches Faces 29 Charges Over Dead and Starving Animals In His Property

    39-year-old man Arnold Musgrove; a citizen of Southwest Ranches, a town in Broward County, Florida; was arrested due to an animal neglect and cruelty investigation involving dead and uncared-for farm animals on his property. He was charged with three counts of cruelty to animals and 26 counts of unlawful abandonment or confinement of an animal.

    Biden Makes First Presidential Trip to Ottawa to Highlight US-Canadian Unity

    The trip will be brief but busy. President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will arrive in Ottawa sometime after 6 p.m. and meet with Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, at Rideau Cottage. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the meeting an “intimate gathering.”

    Antisemitic Incidents In The US Are At The Highest Level Recorded Since 1970s

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks anti-semitic behavior, reports that incidents in the US increased by more than a third in just one year and reached nearly 3,700 cases in 2022. This number is growing steadily into this year and is regarded as the largest year-on-year increase since the organization began collecting data in 1979.

    Tiktok Facing Renewed Pressures to Sell or Face a Ban from U.S

    The proceedings are reminiscent of an emergency executive order in 2020 under the Trump administration, levying broad sanctions against tik tok to pressure them into selling to the US buyer. Some of the sanctions threatened were the withdrawal of American advertisers through the app and possibly pulling the app from Apple and Google app stores.

    Another Death at Fort Hood Military: The Host to Multiple Homicides and Suicides

    Now Ana Basaldua Ruiz, a 20-year-old female soldier, has been found dead at the Fort Hood military base. According to the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division, “at this point in the investigation into the death of Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz, no foul play is evident, and will remain under investigation.”. However, Ana’s parents are saying she repeatedly complained, only weeks before her death, about recurrent sexual harassment by other service members which, include one of her superiors.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!