Monday 25 May 2015

49 Ukrainian troops killed after rebels shoot down plane

Published 14/06/2014 | 07:03

An armed pro-Russian separatist looks on at a town center in Snizhnye in eastern Ukraine
An armed pro-Russian separatist looks on at a town center in Snizhnye in eastern Ukraine

49 Ukrainian military personnel were killed when rebels shot down a cargo plane over the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk overnight, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznov said this morning.

The Ukrainian defence ministry statement said that the plane was downed as it approached an airport at Lugansk.

The plane was carrying service members as well as equipment and food.

The statement said that the rebels "cynically and perfidiously" downed the plane using anti-aircraft guns and heavy-calibre machine guns.

An Il-76 is a four-engine jet that can be used to transport heavy gear and people.

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