Ukraine: Rebels Shot Down 2 Fighter Jets

Defense Ministry says pair of fighters downed in the east
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2014 7:01 AM CDT
Ukraine: Rebels Shot Down 2 Fighter Jets
A Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter, like the two Ukraine says were shot down today by rebels, in a 2013 demonstration flight.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, the country's Defense Ministry is claiming. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down today at 6:30am Eastern (1:30pm local time) over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each. The government says the pilots of the planes ejected, though their location and condition are not currently known, reports the Los Angeles Times. CNN notes that the ministry also believes an air defense system shot the planes down. Ukraine is expected to hold a military briefing later today. (More Ukraine stories.)

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