Moscow: A Russian military plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war has crashed and caught fire, killing all on board, according to reports.
A Russian military plane carrying 65 prisoners of war in Ukraine has crashed in western Belgorod region (Ukraine border). Regional media quoted the Ministry of Defense as saying that 65 Ukrainian prisoners, six flight attendants, and three security personnel died when the plane caught fire.
The cause of the accident, which happened around 11 am local time yesterday morning, was not immediately known. According to reports, police officials have cordoned off the accident site and are investigating.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Velodin, said, “Ukraine has shot down a Russian military plane. Ukrainian army has killed its own soldiers. In this incident, Russian pilots who were carrying out a humanitarian mission also lost their lives,” he said.
Shortly before this Russian military plane crash, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that 18 people had been killed in a missile attack by Russia targeting Ukraine’s air defense forces. The incident took place on the 700th day since the start of the Ukraine-Russia war.