Last Updated on March 14, 2023


United States military personnel announced that a U.S. drone collided with a Russian jet over the Black Sea near Ukraine on Tuesday morning. This incident marks the first time the United States and Russia have had a direct confrontation since the Russia-Ukraine War began.

In a statement, United States Airforce General James B.Hecker said, “At approximately 7:03 AM (CET), one of the Russian Su-27 aircraft struck the propeller of the MQ-9, causing U.S. forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters. Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner. This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”

In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. attacked the U.S. Airforce statement. “The US Air Force issued a statement accusing the Russian aircraft of acting in a “reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner. Environmentally unsound. That’s what they’re worried about. Not the start of WWIII. Trump was right again!” the former president’s son wrote.

National Security Council Communications Director John Kirby told reporters that National Security Director Jake Sullivan had briefed Joe Biden on the incident. Biden has yet to comment publicly on the incident.

Since the start of 2023, Joe Biden and other important Biden White House officials, such as Jannet Yallen, have traveled to Ukraine to pledge billions of dollars of United States taxpayer-funded aid. Biden has repeatedly said that the United States will fund Ukraine for however long it takes.

At a campaign stop in Iowa Monday night, Donald Trump promised to end the Russia- Ukraine war in 34 hours or less. On Monday night, Trump said, “Standing before you today, I am the only candidate that can make this promise. I will prevent World War 3.”

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