U.S. service member involved in Ukrainian Su-27 crash

U.S. service member involved in Ukrainian Su-27 crash

The exercise is meant to enhance regional security, offering training with the Ukrainians to increase interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and other partners in the region, officials have said.

According to an English translation of the statement "the airplane Su-27UB of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has crashed during the training and combat flight". A Ukrainian Air Force pilot was also killed during what the Ukrainian Defense Ministry called "a training and combat flight". "The bodies of the two pilots have been found", it added.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed that an American military service member was aboard the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 that crashed.

"This year marks the 25th anniversary of collaboration between the California Air National Guard and Ukraine as part of U.S. European Command's State Partnership Program, and this exercise will include robust participation of California ANG units".

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Fox News reports the pilot was one of two aboard a Ukrainian fighter jet that crashed during a joint military training involving the U.S. Military and their counterparts in Ukraine.

About 950 servicemembers from nine militaries are taking part in the exercise, including the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

The aim is "to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation", a US Air Force statement said as the drills kicked off last week.

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