Pro-Russian separatists take responsibility for shooting down a An-26 plane over Luhansk, but Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey says the aircraft had been flying too high for their rockets to reach it. Hetley tells President Petro Poroshenko, according to a statement on the president’s web site:
The plane was downed by another, more powerful missile weapon that probably was used from the territory of the Russian Federation.
A spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Andriy Lysenko, tells reporters in Kiev that the plane was flying at about 21,000 feet and that they believed it had been hit either by a powerful Pantsir surface-to-air missile or by an air-to-air homing missile fired by a fighter jet from Russia’s Millerovo air base. Russia did not comment on the matter.