Russia Warns US of Military Clash Over Black Sea Drone Flights


Russia issued a stern warning to the United States on Friday, cautioning that its reconnaissance drone flights over the Black Sea could escalate into a “direct” military conflict. This threat came just days after Moscow blamed Washington for a missile attack on Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine.

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The incident, involving Ukraine’s strike on the Russian-annexed port of Sevastopol last Sunday, exacerbated tensions. Moscow accused Kyiv of using US-supplied ATACMS missiles equipped with cluster munitions, resulting in casualties including two children. The Kremlin condemned the attack as a “bloody crime.”

Russia’s Defence Ministry reported an uptick in US strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights over the Black Sea, alleging these drones were conducting reconnaissance and gathering intelligence for Ukrainian forces equipped with Western-supplied weapons aimed at Russian targets. This development, Moscow claimed, heightens the risk of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia, prompting preparations for an “operational response.”

In response, the United States maintained that its drone operations over the Black Sea are conducted within neutral airspace and adhere to international law.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defence ministry announced on Friday that it had destroyed a Russian space communication centre in Moscow-occupied Crimea earlier in the week. Describing the target as a crucial component of Russia’s military satellite communication and navigation system, Ukraine stated the attack aimed to degrade Russian military capabilities. As of now, Moscow has not issued a response to this development.

Gbenga Samson
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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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