A U.S. drone crashed in international waters Tuesday after being intercepted by Russian fighter jets over the Black Sea. According to U.S. officials, one of the Russian warplanes collided with the MQ-9 Reaper drone and damaged its propeller, but Russia denies the aircraft made contact. The incident occurred about 75 miles southwest of Crimea and marks another blow to relations between the two nuclear-armed powers. Jeremy Scahill, senior correspondent for The Intercept, describes the drone encounter as "an incendiary development" in the U.S. proxy war against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. "This is a vehicle of war, and it doesn't have to have missiles on it to be part of a system that makes the U.S. a combatant in this war," says Scahill.
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