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“Overnight on June 13 and 14, terrorists cynically and treacherously shot the IL-76, transportation air carrier of Ukrainian Air Force as it was approaching the land of Luhansk airport. Terrorists used an anti-aircraft installation and heavy machine gun,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The ministry statement did not give a death toll, but Reuters cited military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov as saying that 49 servicemen had been killed when the plane went down. 

A Defense Ministry official with knowledge of the incident told the Kyiv Post by phone that “very, very many” were dead but refused to give the number because he was not authorized to speak with media.

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