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General Staff issues first statement about Il-76 crash near Belgorod

General Staff issues first statement about Il-76 crash near Belgorod Photo: General Staff makes first statement on the crash of IL-76 near Belgorod (Russian media)

Ukrainian Armed Forces will continue to take measures to control the airspace in the Belgorod-Kharkiv direction, according to information from the General Staff.

It is reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will monitor the airspace to reduce the missile threat.

This includes detailed tracking of missile launch points and logistics for Russian supplies, especially focusing on the use of military transport aviation.

"The recorded intensity of shelling is directly related to the increase in the number of military transport aircraft that have been heading to the Belgorod airfield recently," the statement said.

Taking this into account, the Ukrainian Armed Forces will continue to implement measures to destroy delivery means and control the airspace to eliminate the terrorist threat, including in the Belgorod-Kharkiv direction.

Additionally, the General Staff reminded that in the past week alone, there were 19 missile strikes from Belgorod toward Kharkiv and the surrounding areas.

Fall of the Russian Il-76 Aircraft

Today, in the Korochansky district of the Belgorod region, a Russian military transport aircraft Il-76 crashed. Sources from RBC-Ukraine report that the aircraft was carrying missiles for the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.

At the same time, Russia claims that there were allegedly 65 captured Ukrainian military personnel, six crew members, and three accompanying individuals on the plane. The Russians accuse Ukraine of shooting down the aircraft.

In Ukraine, there has been a response to the Russian statements, and Ukrainians have been urged not to spread fake information until official statements are made.

For more details on the Il-76 crash in the Belgorod region, read the material on RBC-Ukraine.