2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, left, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. Russian officials offered evidence Monday, showing photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area in the days before the crash. Russian officials also offered evidence that a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet. Screens show traffic control recordings, left, and a scheme of air traffic over Donetsk, with Malaysia Airlines jet in the middle and unidentified military fighter jet next to it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekrtarev)
Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, left, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. Russian officials offered evidence Monday, showing photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area in the days before the crash. Russian officials also offered evidence that a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet. Screens show traffic control recordings, left, and a scheme of air traffic over Donetsk, with Malaysia Airlines jet in the middle and unidentified military fighter jet next to it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekrtarev)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country’s Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus