49 dead after pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukraine military plane

June 14, 2014 7:10 PM

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49 dead after pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukraine military plane

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday the Il-76 transport plane was downed as it approached an airport at Lungansk. The ministry's spokesman Bohdan Senyk said the rebels used anti-aircraft guns and a heavy machine gun to shoot down the plane.

NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine — Pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane Saturday, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country's restive east.

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