Ukraine: Russia (Probably) Shot Down Our Plane
Government also alleges that Russian army officers are fighting with rebels
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:13 AM CDT
Pro-Russian fighters stand guard in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Saturday, June 21, 2014, with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in the background.    (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(Newser) – Someone shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane near the Russian border today—and the Ukrainian government says that someone was probably in Russia. Separatists in Eastern Ukraine immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the plane was flying at 21,300 feet, Ukraine's defense minister tells the AP, which should have been too high for separatists' weapons. So far it's unclear how many casualties there were; the plane was thought to be carrying about 20 people.

Meanwhile, President Petro Poroshenko today accused Russian army officers of teaming up with rebels to fight against Ukrainian forces, Reuters reports. Poroshenko held an emergency meeting with his security chiefs today, telling them that they are now facing a new Russian missile system and would need to change their tactics. Ukraine's campaign against the rebels has been going well lately; last night it managed to clear the rebel-held path to Luhansk airport.

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Jul 14, 2014 1:03 PM CDT
When is President Obama going to start the new round of sanctions which he threatened weeks ago?
Jul 14, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
maybe its time for NATO to start providing AWACS support, they could easily provide it from neighboring NATO countries such as Turkey or Romania
Jul 14, 2014 11:57 AM CDT
So start taking separatist prisoners and torture them til someone talks or Russia fesses up. War is hell.