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Here's something that looks like an incident/an encounter between the Russian and Americans over the Black Sea around Crimea earlier today.

I will leave it up to the experts to judge, but here's what I found. It's not gonna fit in one tweet, so a thread.

#potn #avgeek
As many of you must have seen, a United States Air Force RC-135U "Combat Sent" (reg. 64-14847) did a mission around Crimea. Not all that uncommon. It used ICAO 000030, which does not belong to this aircraft, and first appeared on his ICAO 000030 at 07:06 UTC.
Around 09:02 UTC, the RC-135U at 31,500 ft, changed heading from SE to SW, and began a very steep 5,700 fpm descent to 5,000ft.

At the same moment, there was a Russian aircraft (#1F637B) ~7km away, deep below at 8,000 ft. Its last position was at the same moment (09:02:56 UTC).
The Russian plane may be RA-91003, an Ilyushin Il-114LL Radar Test Bed.

To me, it looks like the RC-135U halted its Crimea operation due to some interference of the Russians. But what? Did they get intercepted? And why does he do 3 more quick descents and ascents later?
Now I'm not a military expert, nor an aviation expert, I just know some stuff about graphs, maps and tricks on the internet. But this seems pretty special.
I would like to challenge you guys to analyse it for me. Help me out!

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