WATCH Ukrainian POWs boarding doomed transport plane
Moscow has released a video that it says shows Ukrainian POWs boarding the military transport plane which was shot down over the Russian border region of Belgorod on Wednesday.
The Russian Il-76 crashed near the village of Yablonovo, killing everyone on board, including 65 Ukrainian captives who were slated for a prisoner exchange, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Russian authorities have accused Ukrainian forces of downing the aircraft with a surface-on-air missile.
Kiev has not provided its version of events, but confirmed that its forces consider Russian Il-76s and other military planes legitimate targets.
The minute-long video published by Russia’s Investigative Committee on Friday shows several trucks driving to a transport plane parked on a snowy airstrip.
The investigators described the footage as “Ukrainian POWs boarding the Il-76 that crashed in the Belgorod region as a result of a terrorist act.”