“The Main Intelligence Directorate and the Armed Forces of Ukraine knew that we were taking Ukrainian servicemen there.” Putin commented on the crash of Il-76 near Belgorod

President of Russia Vladimir Putin commented for the first time on the crash of the Il-76 military aircraft in Belgorod regionon board which were captured soldiers of the Armed Forces Ukraine (APU). The president revealed details of the disaster and called the incident a crime.

The President pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities commit crimes every day, including against their own citizens, and they knew about the transportation of 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war.

The Main Intelligence Directorate knew that we were transporting 65 military personnel there, and in total it was planned, in my opinion, 190. And knowing this, they struck the plane

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

Il-76 military aircraft was hit by French or US air defense systems

Head of State toldthat on a Russian plane with controlled Kyiv territory at 11:10 Moscow time, two missiles were launched. The defeat of the Il-76 occurred within two to three minutes. According to him, “it was almost impossible to react.”

Photo: Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation / TASS

At the same time he admittedthat the Ukrainian Armed Forces could mistakenly launch a missile and shoot down an Il-76 military transport aircraft. “I don’t know whether they did it on purpose, by mistake or through thoughtlessness. But it’s obvious that they did it,” Putin said. According to the president, weapons recovered from the crash site indicate that it is an air defense missile.

This means either they were poorly taught, or they do not learn well on their own, or they are not able to properly manage such systems

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

According to the Russian leader, most likely the missiles were fired either from an American anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) Patriot, or the European air defense system. Probably, Putin emphasized, the system was French. The exact answer to this question will be known in two to three days, the head of state added.

At the same time, Putin rejected version of friendly fire, explaining that Russian air defense systems recognize the signals sent by the aircraft RF — they have a “friend or foe” system installed on them. It is technically impossible to bypass it.

Putin promised to publish the results of the investigation into the Il-76 crash

The Russian President promised to report on the results of the investigation into the crash of a military aircraft and expressed condolences to the families and friends of the Il-76 crew members who did not survive the crash. He added that he had already given instructions Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) “to make public the details of the disaster as much as possible.”

Previously TFR named the site from which a missile was allegedly launched on January 24, downing an Ilyushin Il-76 plane with six crew members, military police officers and over 60 Ukrainian prisoners of war on board. According to the investigation, the point was located in the village of Liptsy, Kharkov region.

Upon the crash of a military aircraft excited criminal case of terrorist attack. Investigators are establishing the involvement of Ukrainian armed forces in the incident. An investigative team of experienced investigators and criminologists has been formed. In addition, from the crash site confiscated and the black boxes were delivered for examination. The flight recorders are in good condition and are suitable for decoding, which can help investigators establish the circumstances of the Il-76 crash.

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