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Russia claims to bring down U.S. spy drone

AFP-JIJI

A U.S. surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukrainian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday.

“The drone was flying at about 4,000 meters and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with U.S. operators with complex radio-electronic” technology, said Rostec in a statement.

The drone fell “almost intact into the hands of self-defense forces,” added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft but did not specify who was operating it.

“Judging by its identification number, UAV MQ-5B belonged to the 66th American Reconnaissance Brigade, based in Bavaria,” Rostec said on its website, which also carried a picture of what it said was the captured drone. The photograph appeared to show an apparently armed drone in flight, rather than debris.