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Slavyansk self-defense forces shoot down Kiev ‘spy’ plane (VIDEO)

Published time: June 06, 2014 18:51
This file photo shows Ukrainian An-30. (Image from

This file photo shows Ukrainian An-30. (Image from

The anti-Kiev militia says it has downed Ukrainian army’s An-30B plane near the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. The self-defense forces told Russian media that the Ukrainian military used the aircraft for "surveillance."

"During the whole day a Ukrainian surveillance plane was hovering [over Slavyansk]. Self-defense forces downed it – one engine caught fire,” a local militia representative was cited as saying by Itar-Tass news agency.

Another militia member told RIA Novosti that the aircraft was flying over the city center and self-defense forces shot it down using anti-aircraft guns.

He added that the pilots managed to eject while the aircraft crashed near the village of Mayak. The commander of the Slavyansk self-defense forces, Igor Strelkov, said that there were four pilots, adding that Kiev sent two helicopters to find its troops.

As self-defense representatives told the press, they saw black smoke billowing over the spot where the aircraft crashed. There has not been any official confirmation of the crash from Kiev.

An An-30B is a twin-engine, four-crew aircraft.

On Thursday, Strelkov told RIA Novosti that Slavyansk self-defense forces have shot down a total of four helicopters in the past there days.

On June 3, the anti-Kiev militia shot down a helicopter and a Su-25 fighter jet. Before that another two MI-24 helicopters were shot down. On May 29, anti-Kiev protesters downed a Mi-8 Kiev helicopter, killing 14 Ukrainian soldiers.

Comments (43)


Emilio 10.06.2014 18:32

I do not get it. It is in Russia's backyard. Russia should intervene militarily.


LOL 08.06.2014 19:13

Andre Kristoffersen 07.06.2014 06:28

Why they don't understand they are digging their own graveyard the rebels? They should look to Abkasia and South Ossetia? They are so called countries which are poor and need all money from Moscow.


It is all about insanity commited by USA fed govt: Ukraine depends on our gas. Ukraine got a good portion of its money from export to Russia. They will get nothing since that. Those south-west regions were the main exporters, so once divorced from the rest of Ukraine they will not lose too much, unlike the Ukraine.


m m 07.06.2014 14:31

It is Kiev that brought terror to South East Ukriane. So they should be called what they are. "Terrorist Kiev Army".

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