Published: 14:19, January 27, 2024 | Updated: 15:40, January 27, 2024
Russia: Missile downing plane in Belgorod fired from Kharkov
By Xinhua

Police officers patrol near the crash site of a military transport aircraft in Russian border city of Belgorod, Jan 25, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

MOSCOW - Russia's Investigative Committee has determined that the Il-76 military aircraft was hit with a missile that was launched from the Kharkov region, it said in a Telegram post on Friday.

The committee said the investigation has established that the anti-aircraft missile system that was used to hit the Il-76 aircraft was located in the Liptsy village of the Kharkov region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the missile hit the Il-76 aircraft was obviously fired from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian side

It said that documents were found at the crash site of the aircraft in Belgorod, which belong to the Ukrainian military personnel that were killed.

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Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the missile hit the Il-76 aircraft was obviously fired from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian side.

The Ukrainian leaders knew Ukrainian prisoners were on board the plane, said Putin.

A Russian Il-76 transport aircraft with 65 Ukrainian prisoners, six crew members, and three accompanying persons on board crashed in the country's Belgorod region on Wednesday.