Downed Planes and Burnt Corpses in Eastern Ukraine

Amid picturesque fields of sunflowers, just one mile from the Russian border in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, villagers gathered to take triumphant selfies earlier today while standing on top of the still-smoldering wreck of a Ukrainian plane. Photos taken, they then carried away souvenirs of twisted metal from the crash site. According to Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, the An-26 aircraft, which was carrying food and water supplies to troops fighting in the country’s restive east, was shot down by “a powerful missile weapon that probably was used from the territory of the Russian Federation.” Government officials claimed that the shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles used by the pro-Russia rebels operating in the area would not have been able to hit the plane at the altitude it was flying.  READ

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