MOSCOW: Russian investigators stated on Thursday (Feb 1) they’d proof displaying that Ukraine’s army shot down a Russian Il-76 army transport aircraft final week with US-made Patriot surface-to-air missiles.
The Russian Air Force Il-76 fell from the skies on Jan 24. Russia stated all 74 folks on board, together with 65 captured Ukrainian troopers en path to be swapped for Russian prisoners of struggle, had been killed, and blamed Kyiv for downing the aircraft.
The investigators launched footage of physique elements which they stated proved these aboard had been Ukrainian army personnel.
Kyiv, which is combating Russian forces in Ukraine, has neither confirmed nor denied that it downed the aircraft, however has challenged particulars of Moscow’s account and called for an international investigation.
Russia’s State Investigative Committee stated in an announcement that Ukrainian troopers within the space of Lyptsi within the Kharkiv area had fired two missiles on the aircraft.
Among the many fragments had been serial numbers with English acronyms, together with “CONFIDENTIAL categorised by PATRIOT SECURITY CLASSIFICATION GUIDE DATED: 9/22/83 ADDENDUM DATED 11/28/83 8/8/84 CONTRACT NO/DAAH01-86C-A018′,” the committee stated in an announcement.
“The fragments seized from the scene, in accordance with their design options, geometric traits and accessible markings, are structural parts of the MIM-104A anti-aircraft guided missile of the Patriot advanced of the USA, developed by Raytheon and Hughes firms and manufactured by Raytheon,” the committee stated.
It revealed a brief video displaying investigators inspecting a few of the 116 missile fragments on the bottom in an unspecified location. One of many fragments included the what seems to be “ATRIOT” in English.