The US broadcasts the images of the collision of the Russian fighter with a drone in the Black Sea

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The footage shows the MQ-9 Reaper drone’s camera pointed at its tail and the drone’s propeller, which is mounted on the rear, spinning. A Russian Sukhoi SU-27 fighter jet is then shown approaching.

As it approaches, the Russian fighter spews fuel as it intercepts the US drone. In the same images, you can see how the Russian fighter spews fuel again as it approaches.

Later, the drone video cuts out when the Russian fighter jet collides with the MQ-9 Reaper, damaging the propeller and ultimately forcing the US to shoot down the drone in the Black Sea. Russia has denied that a collision occurred.

The communications coordinator of the National Security Council, John Kirby, acknowledged on Wednesday to CNN that the drone had not been recovered and that he “was not sure” that the United States could do it.