Tonight a Ukrainian attack hit the Russian naval base in Sevastopol hard.
It is not yet clear what damage was done to the Russian fleet, but it seems that the frigate ‘Admiral Makarov’, the current flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, was hit (what damage it suffered is not yet clear).
During the attack (apparently carried out by marine drones) a USAF Northrop Grumman RQ-4B (reg. 11-2046 – callsign FORTE10) was conducting a surveillance mission in the area south of Sevastopol. The aircraft arrived over the Black Sea at 08:30 CEST on 28 October and left at around 08:45 CEST on 29 October.
This type of mission is usual for USAF drones based at Sigonella.
I’m just confused why the Russian Air force doesn’t approach the USAF drones flying super close to the Crimean airspace. Of course, the Russian fighter jets won’t take down the drone because that would justify a reason for the US to “declare war”. One or two fighter jets can easily make the drone go away.