A top Russian official claimed on Wednesday that the U.S. was “directly involved” in fighting the war in Ukraine after Russian pilots initiated a provocation against a U.S. drone operating over international waters this week that led to a collision and destruction of the drone.
“The Americans keep saying that they are not participating in hostilities,” said Nikolai Patrushev, Russian Security Council Secretary and the former chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). “This is yet another confirmation that they are directly involved in these events, in the war.”
Patrushev said that Russian officials were going to try to recover the drone out of the Black Sea after a Russian Su-27 aircraft struck the propeller of the $32 million unmanned MQ-9 Reaper drone, causing U.S. forces to
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