US officials, on condition of anonymity, admitted that a Russian Il-76 was shot down by a Patriot missile in the Belgorod region, The New York Times reports.
“U.S. officials have not publicly commented on what exactly brought down the plane, but the officials, who spoke privately on condition of anonymity, said reports that a Patriot missile was used are correct,” the report said.
It is clarified that the system was transferred to Kyiv by one of the European countries.
Let us remind you, On January 24, a heavy military transport aircraft Il-76 crashed in the Korochansky district of the Belgorod region. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, on board were Ukrainian prisoners of war who were being prepared for exchange, the crew and accompanying persons. As a result of the tragedy, they all died.
Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov announced the fate of the bodies of the Ukrainian military killed during the attack of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the Il-76. Read more about this in material Public News Service.
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