The Kremlin representative emphasized that Ukraine dealt with its own citizens, “who should have been at home literally in a day.”
How the destruction of the plane will affect the prospects for continuing the prisoner exchange, no one can say now, he added.
The Il-76 military transport plane crashed on January 24. On board were six crew members, 65 Ukrainian prisoners and three accompanying persons. Ministry of Defense reportedthat the plane was shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Head of the Defense Committee State Duma Andrey Kartapolov stated that the Il-76 was shot down by three missiles from the Patriot or IRIS-T anti-aircraft missile system.