Deadliest Strike Yet: Ukraine Military Plane Shot Down
About 50 killed, as president promises 'adequate response'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2014 7:48 AM CDT
Ukrainian troops stand atop of a vehicle as they leave the scene of fighting in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday.   (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(Newser) – Pro-Russian rebels have just notched the single deadliest attack since the unrest in Ukraine broke out, reports Reuters: They shot down a military transport plane as it was landing in Luhansk, killing all 49 Ukraine military personnel aboard. At the scene, soldiers found firing tubes from Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles, reports the New York Times. Moscow has denied supplying the militants, though the US yesterday accused Russia of sending three tanks and other weaponry across the border.

"This is a great loss not just for the families of the dead, but the whole country," said Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in a statement picked up by the Wall Street Journal. "Ukraine is in sorrow, but we decisively continue to fight for peace. The terrorists will get an adequate response."

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Jun 14, 2014 9:57 AM CDT
both the Ukraine and NATO are walking on egg shells not wanting to upset Putin by fighting back. Time for NATO to step up to the plate and get involved. Not by combat, but at least provide intelligence, drones and weapons. Basically doing the same things that Russia is doing for the so called rebels. Didn't Hitler do the same thing by dressing troops in Polish uniforms and attacking a border crossing, giving him an excuse to invade?
Des Pickard
Jun 14, 2014 9:41 AM CDT
The Reuters article you pretend you're summarizing calls this the biggest single attack yet on _government forces,_ an attack by besieged _civilians_ on _troops_ which Reuters, without comment, nonetheless allows to be called "terrorism." But here, instead of just ignoring the grievous civilian casualties the U.S.-backed side is racking up, you actively deny they exist by turning the "deadliest single attack on government forces" into the "deadliest incident of the conflict." You just vanished all those dead people, turned them into nonpersons, and I don't think you even noticed while doing it. I don't think you set out to lie on behalf of U.S. foreign policy and our government's rush to a new Cold War, I think you didn't notice. I think you just erased all those civilian deaths because if they're not on our team they're not people. In the cold war years the folks at Pravda at least knew they were propagandists, knew they were towing a government line.. You don't seem even as human as that. How does this happen?
Des Pickard
Jun 14, 2014 9:41 AM CDT
toeing, sorry.