The downing of a Ukrainian Ilyushin IL-76 cargo aircraft by pro-Russian separatists has cost the lives of all 49 army personnel on board, authorities in Kiev reported on Saturday 14 June. The IL-76 was hit by anti-aircraft fire while approaching Luhansk airport.
The incident happened on Friday 13 June and is the single bloodiest episode in the Ukrainian – Russian conflict so far. The Ukraine’s defense ministry said the plane carried military machinery and supplies. According to the most recent figures, the Ukrainian Air Force had seven Ilyushin IL-76MDs at its disposal, plus another 13 in reserve.
The shooting down of the IL-76 came a week after the downing of an Antonov AN-26 transporter aircraft in the skies over Slovyansk, with the loss of three out of an eight men crew.
The YouTube clip below apparently captures the IL-76 coming down near Luhansk. The first few seconds seem to show the anti-aircraft fire.