Ukrainian fighter jet shot down in east, Kiev says
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Ukrainian fighter jet shot down in east, Kiev says

Su-25 plane downed by Russian anti-aircraft system in unspecified location

Pro-Russian fighters take their positions before storming the regional state building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 29, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/ VIKTOR DRACHEV)
Pro-Russian fighters take their positions before storming the regional state building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 29, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/ VIKTOR DRACHEV)

A Ukrainian fighter jet has been shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft system in the east of the country, where Kiev is fighting pro-Moscow rebels, Ukraine’s military said on Saturday.

“A Russian anti-aircraft system shot down an Su-25 fighter. The pilot managed to eject,” the military said in a statement, which did not give the location of the incident that it said occurred on Friday morning.

The statement denied rebel claims that four planes had been taken down by the insurgents.

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