NewsUkraine-Russia conflict intensifies: Kyiv's murky role in the downing of Il-76 carrying prisoners

Ukraine-Russia conflict intensifies: Kyiv's murky role in the downing of Il‑76 carrying prisoners

Ilyushin Il-76 disaster. Russia publishes footage from the airport.
Ilyushin Il-76 disaster. Russia publishes footage from the airport.
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4:31 AM EST, January 27, 2024

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The Russian Investigative Committee released a film allegedly showing Ukrainian military prisoners boarding the Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Russian air forces. This is the same aircraft which later crashed in the Belgorod region.

Aircraft shot down

The Il-76 military plane crashed on Wednesday in Russia's Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. Following the crash, Moscow reported that the plane, allegedly carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners, was shot down by Ukrainians.

The Kiev authorities claimed that the Il-76 was transporting S-300 missiles. Initial media coverage seemed to confirm that the aircraft had been shot down by Ukrainian forces.

Later, Ukrainian military intelligence stated that they cannot confirm the identities of those on board the aircraft. However, they did state that a prisoner exchange with the Russian side was indeed scheduled for that Wednesday.

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