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Pentagon: Russian Reports Of US Drone Intercepted Over Crimea Are False


By Alberto Riva

U.S. defense officials say reports from Russia that an American MQ-5B drone was intercepted over Crimea and made an emergency landing there are false. Voice of Russia reported on Friday that “an American scout-attack drone was intercepted in the Crimean sky” and made an emergency landing after an electronic attack disrupted its computers.

“There is zero truth” to the reports, said a Department of Defense spokesperson reached by phone in Washington.

According to the Russian source, the drone, an MQ-5B, belonged, judging by its markings, to the 66th U.S. Military Intelligence Brigade, based in Germany.

The drone was flying at a height of about 4,000 meters or about 13,000 feet, according to Voice of Russia, which said it was in the possession of “self-defense forces.” A call to the brigade’s German headquarters was answered by a serviceman who said the unit had no knowledge of anything of the sort happening.

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