United Nations security council will convene a meeting today to address allegations raised by Moscow, following the crash of a plane in the Belgorod region near Ukraine’s border, with 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on board.
Moscow claimed the Ukrainians were being flown for a prisoner exchange, accusing Kyiv of shooting down the plane to advance a propaganda it says will be defeated.
Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov stated that there were no survivors after Kyiv had downed the Il-76 plane, noting that radars had detected the launch of two Ukrainian missiles before the crash.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Moscow of playing with the lives of Ukrainian prisoners, demanding an international inquiry, stressing that all clear facts must be established.
None of the details surrounding those on board can be independently verified, but Ukraine’s military intelligence said it was Russia’s responsibility to ensure the safety of the prisoners under the agreements that had been reached.