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US officials say 2 Russian transport planes shot down over Ukraine

In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refueling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during an aerial training in Russian Far East. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refueling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during an aerial training in Russian Far East. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

A second Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane was shot down near Bila Tserkva, 50 miles (85 kilometers) south of Kyiv, according to two American officials with direct knowledge of conditions on the ground in Ukraine.

On Friday, Ukraine’s military said it had shot down a Russian military transport plane with paratroopers on board.

According to a statement from the military’s General Staff, the first Il-76 heavy transport plane was shot down near Vasylkiv, a city 25 miles south of Kyiv. The Russian military has not commented on either incident so far, and the reports could not be immediately verified.

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