Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation: Armed Forces of Ukraine were struck by IL-76 of Russian Air Force using anti-aircraft missile system from Kharkov region

The Armed Forces of Ukraine (Armed Forces) struck the IL-76 of the Russian Air Force using the anti-aircraft missile system from the Kharkov region, the launch of two Ukrainian missiles was recorded. This statement was made by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

“Today, at 11 o’clock 15 minutes, the Kiev regime was committed by a terrorist act, as a result of which the Russian military transport aircraft was shot down, which executed the flight on the route of the Chkalovsky-Belgorod airfield for the transportation of Ukrainian military personnel for the exchange. The defeat of the aircraft was carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the district of the village of Liptsi Kharkov region using the anti -aircraft missile system, ”the Russian department said.

The department noted that the radio reinforcements of the Russian Air Force observed two Ukrainian missiles.

“On board the aircraft there were six crew members, 65 Ukrainian troops for exchange and three Russian military who accompanied them. The crew and all passengers of the aircraft died,” the report said.


The Ministry of Defense claims that “the Ukrainian leadership knew perfectly well that, according to the current practice, today the military transport aircraft would be transported to the Belgorod airfield of Ukrainian military for exchange.”

The department noted that “upon previously agreement, this event was to take place in the afternoon at the checkpoint of Kolotilovka on the Russian-Ukrainian border.”

Earlier, the State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin during the plenary meeting of the chamber instructed to prepare an appeal to the US Congress and Bundestag due to the collapse of the Russian Air Force Il-76.

In turn, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has not yet been commenting on information about the collapse of the IL-76 aircraft near Belgorod.