Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Russian IL-76 plane crashes near Ukrainian border

An Il-76 Candid heavy cargo jet of Russian Air Space Forces has crashed in the Korochansky district of Belgorod region, Russia, not far from the Ukrainian border.

The governor of the region confirmed the incident and reported that investigative teams and emergency services were swiftly deployed to the crash site.

Russian Telegram channels have also confirmed that the IL-76 was likely shot down. Videos circulating from the scene show what appears to be missile trails in the sky, followed by footage of the burning aircraft as it descended.

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Russian state news agency RIA quoted the defense ministry as saying the cargo jet was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war to be exchanged for Russian captives.

The plane was carrying 74 people, including six crew and three guards when it crashed, RIA cited the defence ministry as saying. There was no immediate information on the cause.

However, these reports remain unconfirmed, and no official statements verify the number of killed.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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