(Patriot.Buzz) – In a tragic turn of events, a devastating incident unfolded near the Ukrainian border when a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane crashed.
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According to the state news agency RIA, the Russian defense ministry revealed that the aircraft was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war who were intended to be exchanged for Russian captives.
RIA reported that the plane had 74 individuals on board, including six crew members and three guards, citing the defense ministry. The cause of the crash remained unknown at the time of the report.
During a parliamentary session, Andrei Kartapolov, a lawmaker in Russia’s parliament and a retired general, claimed that three missiles had shot the plane down. However, the source of his information was not disclosed, and Reuters could not verify the details of those on board immediately. It is worth noting that Russia and Ukraine regularly exchange prisoners of war.
Reuters verified video footage of the tragic event, which was posted on the Telegram messenger app by Baza, a channel connected to Russian security services. The footage showed a large aircraft dropping towards the ground near the village of Yablonovo in the Belgorod region, creating a massive fireball upon impact.
Local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that an unspecified “incident” had occurred in the Korochansky district of the Belgorod region, located northeast of Belgorod city. He announced his intention to visit the site and reported that investigators and emergency personnel were present.
The Ilyushin Il-76 is a military transport aircraft designed to airlift troops, cargo, military equipment, and weapons. Typically, it operates with a crew of five and can carry up to 90 passengers.
In response to a reporter’s inquiry, the Kremlin stated it was actively looking into the situation. The Belgorod region, which shares a border with Ukraine, has faced repeated attacks from Ukraine in recent months, including a missile strike in December that resulted in the deaths of 25 individuals.
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