Russian Military Transport Plane Crashes Near Ukrainian Border: Latest Updates

2024-01-24 10:19:06
2024-01-24 18:19 Compiled by United Daily News Zhou Chenyang/Instant Report RIA Novosti quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying on the 24th that a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft flew adjacent…

On the 24th, the Russian state news agency RIA quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense as stating that a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft was in Belgorod Oblast adjacent to the Ukrainian border. crashed.

The BBC and Reuters reported that the media “Baza” related to the Russian security agency released a video on the social media “Paper Planes” channel, which shows a large aircraft crashing to the ground and then exploding into a huge fireball.

According to a press release from the Russian Ministry of Defense cited by the Russian Satellite News Agency, the Il-76 transport plane crashed in the Belgorod region while executing a planned flight. It was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war for exchange, 6 crew members and 3 accompanying persons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin was aware of the incident but declined to elaborate, saying only that it was investigating the situation. Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov pointed out that an unknown “incident” occurred in the Korochansky district northeast of Belgorod, the state capital. He planned to inspect the scene and pointed out that the investigation Personnel and emergency services have arrived.

However, according to the Guardian, a source from the Ukrainian General Staff claimed that the Ukrainian army shot down the crashed Russian Il-76 transport plane.

According to Ukrainian defense sources quoted by Ukrainian Pravda newspaper, the aircraft was transporting S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. According to reports, Russia used S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in recent attacks on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.

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