A Ukrainian military spokesman says 49 government troops were killed when pro-Russian separatists shot down a cargo plane over the eastern city of Luhansk overnight.
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry earlier reported that separatist rebels had shot down a military transport aircraft IL-76 carrying troops and supplies.
Describing the rebels as terrorists, Ukranian officials said the separatists deliberately targeted the plane which was reportedly coming in to land at the city’s airport.
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