• This is a clear sign that Russia will keep downing the American drones,

    pro-Kremlin political analyst Sergei Markov wrote in a commentary on the award announcement

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  • Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu presented state awards to the Su-27 pilots who prevented an American MQ-9 drone from violating (Russia's) temporary airspace,

    the ministry said

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  • As a result of sharp manoeuvring around 9:30 a.m. (Moscow time), the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle went into uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surface,

    the statement was quoted by Reuters in its report

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  • This decision will receive a strong support from the Russian society that wants the government to toughen its policy,

    Markov wrote in a commentary

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  • The drone flew with its transponders off, violating the boundaries of the area of the temporary airspace usage regime established for the special military operation [and] communicated to all users of international airspace,

    Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement, according to The Moscow Times

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