SBU opened case on fall of Il-76 aircraft near Belgorod

Security Service of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings on the fall of the Russian military transport aircraft IL-76 in the Belgorod Region of the Russian Federation under an article on violation of the laws and customs of war.

“The Security Service of Ukraine has opened criminal proceedings on the fall of the IL-76 Air Force Aircraft in the Belgorod Region, the investigation is carried out under Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of war),” the agency “Interfax-Ukraine” said to the press in the press -SBU service on Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, on January 24, the IL-76 plane fell under Russian Belgorod, on board, according to Russian media reports, there were Ukrainian prisoners of war.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation claims that the Armed Forces of Ukraine amazed the IL-76 of the Russian Air Force using the anti-aircraft missile system from the Kharkov region, the launch of two missiles was recorded.

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.”

The Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that there is no reliable information about who was on board the shot down Russian Il-76.

“Today, the exchange of prisoners was supposed to take place, which did not take place. According to the Russian side, this happened as a result of the confusion of the Russian Il-76 aircraft, which allegedly transported our prisoners. Now we do not have reliable and exhaustive information about who exactly He was on board the aircraft and in what quantity, ”the report said.

In the GUR, they emphasized that for its part, Ukraine fulfilled all the agreements for the preparation of exchange, Russian captured military personnel were delivered in time to the agreed point for exchange, where they were safe.

“The security of our defenders, according to agreements, was supposed to ensure the Russian side. At the same time, the Ukrainian side was not informed about the need to ensure the safety of airspace in the area of ​​the city of Belgorod at a certain period of time, as was repeatedly done in the past “, – said in the department.

The statement notes that the Ukrainian side was not informed about the number of vehicles, routes and forms of delivery of prisoners.