Official: Russian military aircraft to blame for shooting down Ukrainian Su-25 plane


The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has said that a Russian military aircraft launched a missile strike against a Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Armed Forces over Ukrainian territory on Wednesday, July 16.

It was a Russian military plane that shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Wednesday, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing on Thursday.

“Russia committed another provocation on July 16 at about 19.00. A military plane of the Russian Armed Forces launched a missile strike against a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which performed tasks on Ukrainian territory. Our plane was shot down,” ukrinform.ua quotes him as saying.

According to Mr Lysenko, a Ukrainian pilot ejected and was evacuated to safety by units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The pilot sustained no injuries, he added.

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