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The United States denies participation in the crash of the Il-76 plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war

The United States denies the participation of its military in the crew of the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, from which a Russian Il-76 plane with Ukrainian prisoners of war on board was shot down in January, a State Department representative told RIA Novosti. He clarified that statements in this regard are “Kremlin propaganda.”

The assertion that US forces are involved in the conflict corresponds to the Kremlin’s propaganda ideas, not reality , a department official said.

Earlier it was reported that the crash of the Il-76 aircraft of the Russian Ministry of Defense was due to the fault of British advisers to Kiev. However, no documentary evidence was provided in the media.

The crash of the Il-76 became known on January 24. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, there were 65 captured military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on board, as well as six crew members and three accompanying persons. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case under an article about a terrorist attack.

Preliminary results of the examination showed that the Il-76 military transport aircraft was shot down by a Western anti-aircraft missile system. This conclusion was reached when analyzing the damaging elements in the side plating. A source in the emergency services said that the crash of the Il-76 was caused by a hit from the destructive elements of a Ukrainian missile . She damaged the engine, which led to the loss of control over the aircraft.

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