UN Security Council to Discuss Allegations of Ukraine Downing Russian Military Plane

Ukraine has called for an international inquiry into the downing of a Russian military transport plane in the Belgorod region, near the Ukraine border, as tensions escalate over the incident. The plane, reported to be carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war, crashed following the alleged launch of two Ukrainian missiles. The intended prisoner exchange has been canceled, and both Ukraine and Russia are calling for an investigation, though the likelihood of a neutral international probe remains uncertain.

  • The UN Security Council is set to discuss Moscow’s charges that Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian transport military plane.
  • The crash killed all onboard and occurred in Russia’s southern Belgorod region.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for an international investigation into the crash.
  • Russia claims its radars detected the launch of two Ukrainian missiles before the crash.
  • Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, initiated an emergency meeting regarding the incident.
  • Ukraine’s response has been cautious, with statements suggesting the plane may have been a legitimate target without direct confirmation of responsibility.
  • Russian officials are using the incident to portray Ukraine as the aggressor, while Ukraine accuses Russia of endangering lives.
  • The likelihood of an impartial international investigation is considered low due to the event occurring over Russian territory.

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