News / Europe

Report: Russia Denies It Shot Down Ukrainian Warplane

FILE - A Sukhoi SU-25 fighter plane is seen in a July 1, 2014, photo.
FILE - A Sukhoi SU-25 fighter plane is seen in a July 1, 2014, photo.
VOA News

Russia's Defense Ministry denied on Thursday it had shot down a Ukrainian military jet and called the accusation by Kyiv “absurd,” Russian state news agency RIA reported.

“It is absurd, just like all the previous accusations from Kyiv's leadership against Russia's Defense Ministry,” a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.

In the latest escalation of tensions on the Ukrainian-Russian border, Kyiv said a Russian jet shot down one of its warplanes, one of its strongest accusation yet of direct Russian military involvement in the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in Ukraine's east.

A Ukrainian military spokesman said the pilot of the SU-25 fighter ejected safely.

NATO said, if confimed, the incident would represent a serious escalation.

"We have no confirmation of this. If confirmed. it would represent a grave further escalation and another direct violation by Russia of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," a NATO military officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told VOA.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on Thursday said a Russian air force plane downed the Ukrainian jet late Wednesday over Ukrainian territory with an air-to-air missile strike.

Intense fighting

On the ground in eastern Ukraine, fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels has intensified in recent days with some 55 civilians killed since the weekend alone.

In what would represent an addititional escalation, NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.

Ukrainian media have been circulating videos purportedly shot by residents of the Russia village of Gukovo showing rockets being launched from there allegedly toward Ukrainian territory.

The authenticity of the videos cannot be independently confirmed but one of them was tweeted by NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove, who expressed deep concern.


Accusations

Officials in Kyiv have recently accused Russia's armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border.

NATO has said it has evidence that Russia has moved over 12,000 troops back to its border region with Ukraine in recent weeks and that it continues to allow mercenaries and heavy weapons to flow across its borders into Ukraine.

Moscow denies Western charges that is sending fighters, supporting the separatists in Ukraine or fomenting the unrest there by any other means.
 
On Monday, Ukraine said one of its military transport planes carrying eight people was shot down by a missile fired from Russian territory.

Ukraine's Security Service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said he had “unconditional evidence” that Russia was involved in downing the craft.

Rebels claimed to have shot that plane down.

VOA's Jeff Seldin contributed to this report. Some information provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.

You May Like

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

As the digital world becomes more mobile, so too do concerns about eroding privacy and increased hacking More

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

Film by Richard Raymond is based on true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends More

Obesity Poses Complex Problem

Professor warns of obesity’s worldwide health impact More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: mills
July 17, 2014 1:54 PM
Those politicians who started all these dine everday in Government houses and pass orders with glasses of wine while civilians pay the prices with blood and irreversible injuries. instead of calling for cease fires they call for more blood to be spilled. when will the soldiers or these militare men learn that these guys don't care much about them if it doesn't concern their selfish interest and safety they get richer u get more fatalities.

by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet - Africa
July 17, 2014 11:52 AM
It is very sad that Ukraine could be so stuppid not to have learnt a lesson from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria.

John Kerry would soon order the US citizens to leave Ukraine as has always been the case in all the above named nations who have fallen victims of the most recent US deceipts. Wait also to see John Kerry propose and solicit for fund to solve Ukraine militia problems just as was the case few days ago over Libya.

by: meanbill from: USA
July 17, 2014 11:08 AM
Both sides use Russian weapons, some newer and some older, and only God knows, which side shot down the plane..... The Ukrainians may have been shooting at what they thought was a Russian piloted Russian plane, and the pro-Russian separatists shot at a Ukrainian piloted Russian plane, (and the only sure thing is), it was a Russian bullet, canon, missile, or arrow, that brought down that Russian plane....
In Response

by: Richard Speer from: DC
July 18, 2014 7:19 AM
You mean a Russian plane coming from the direction of Kyiv instead of Russia. Very astute observation Einstein.

by: junker from: USA
July 17, 2014 10:13 AM
We must do everything to cut EU from Russia 's gas! That is the most peaceful way to knee Russia and stop it!

by: william li from: canada
July 17, 2014 9:13 AM
you should be expecting this when you rioted to oust your former President.
this is what you got from the violence in Kyve.
In Response

by: Sammy Bonchits from: Brooklyn
July 17, 2014 11:11 AM
You do realize that the president that was ousted was the same president running for election a couple of years ago and they found thousands of fake ballots including this election that put him into office. Plus he was the one that wanted Ukraine's first language to change to Russian. Putin pretty much put him into office to put closer ties between Russia and Ukraine. Now look in Crimea Ukraine stopped supplying them and Russia can't supply them and all the protesters there are begging to go back to Ukraine so they could get their pensions back.

All the people in Crimea were forced to get Russian passports and all they get in return is some Russian troops stationed around the area. But Russia is keeping this quiet so they don't lose the land. Another interesting detail is the eastern part of Ukraine has all the factories where all of Russia's tanks and planes were made during the U.S.S.R. and won't that be a coincidence that they are trying to take that part of the land back? At the end Putin is trying to grab land from Ukraine like it did from Georgia. The rest of the world might not recognize it as part of Russia but Russia effectively took it.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
X
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs