Rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet over east Ukraine

Rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet over east Ukraine

Sunday, August 17, 2014 9:05 am

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KIEV (AFP) – Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet over the war-torn east of the country, a military spokesman told AFP.

“In the course of an assignment to eliminate a large group of terrorists, a MiG-29 was shot down this morning in Lugansk region,” military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin said.

He added that the pilot parachuted out and was rescued by Ukrainian forces.

The  shot down came  ahead of urgent talks between Kiev and Moscow’s top diplomats to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation.

The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France headed for a meeting in Berlin, after Western leaders scrambled to dampen a firestorm over claims that Ukrainian forces had destroyed Russian military vehicles.

Ukraine’s military told AFP its MiG-29 warplane was blown out of the sky as it carried out “an assignment to eliminate a large group of terrorists” in the strife-torn Lugansk region. The pilot managed to parachute to safety, it said.

Authorities in the main rebel city of Donetsk said shelling killed 10 civilians in 24 hours as government forces pressed on with an offensive to oust separatists after four months of fighting that has left over 2,100 people dead and pushed the region to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Germany meanwhile demanded that Moscow clarify boasts by a rebel leader in the besieged city that he had recently received hundreds of fighters trained in Russia to bolster the flagging rebellion.

Fresh weekend clashes will serve only to fray nerves further ahead of Sunday’s meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and their French and German counterparts.

“Flying to Berlin. The talks will not be easy. It is important to stop the flow of weapons and mercenaries from Russia,” Klimkin wrote on Twitter Sunday.

French President Francois Hollande called for Ukraine to show “restraint and good judgement” in its military operations after Kiev’s boasts that it had destroyed part of a small military convoy from Russia ramped up the stakes.

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  • Nicolas Sharma says:

    I don’t understand what extent Western new nazi propaganda can wash the brains that people turn to blind over genocide committed by Kiev junta in Eastern and Southern Ukraine.

  • cotoman says:



    I can’t undestand why if ruskies have internet to get different points of views they take only their official propaganda…

    Either they are idiots or Putin’s trolls

  • Nicolas Sharma says:

    Obama licensed Paroshenko to kill all Russian speakers in East, destroy their homes and factories where their work. Why Putin is afraid of sending well equipped army to defend civilians – who should defend them?

  • Nicolas Sharma says:

    And one nuclear bomb over Kiev to end up with fascists once forever….

  • Russell Spear says:

    I think 2 neutron bombs over Russia, would suffice, because of the EMP, to render their capability of launching any missile, gone, permanently. It would be merciful, to the survivors anyway, because buildings to huddle in would be left and life would return rather quickly. The collateral EMP would probably mess up Facebook, for hundreds of miles around, but we can’t have everything…

  • Jonathon Smith says:

    The world doesn’t want to wake up, the world doesn’t want to see.

    How many more Ukrainians must die before anything is done – and then what? More sanctions? Bwaaaaaaaa!

    Zaporozhzhye, Ukraine

  • Jussi Wahlgren says:

    RUSSIAN troops and Russian missiles, wake up already! Thay are all regular Russian army soldiers, tanks, APC’s and BUK in eastern Ukraine now. No ‘separatists’ there any more!

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