Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in East Ukraine, Kiev accuses Russia

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in East Ukraine, Kiev accuses Russia

Wed 23 Jul 2014 at 19:19

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NNA – (AFP) – Pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in eastern Ukraine just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Ukrainian military spokesman told Agence France Presse.

“Two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down. The fate of the pilots is not known,” spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky said, adding the planes were brought down some 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the crash site of MH17.

But a second military spokesman said the jets had been downed at a different location by rockets fired by insurgents. The two pilots managed to parachute out, he said.

“Today in the south of the Lugansk region close to the village of Dmytrivka, pro-Russian fighters shot two Su-25 jets from a missile system,” spokesman Vladislav Seleznev said.

“The pilots took evasive action … but the planes were hit,” he said.

Later on Wednesday, Ukraine’s National and Security Council said the missiles that took down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the east of the former Soviet state were fired from Russia.

“According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” the council said in a statement, adding that the Su-25 jets were flying at an altitude of 5,200 meters.

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