Tragic Crash: 65 Ukrainian Prisoners Killed as Russian Transport Plane Goes Down near Ukraine Border

Belgorod, Russia – A military transport plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed near the border with Ukraine, resulting in the loss of all lives on board, according to Russian authorities. Details about the passengers and the cause of the crash remain unverified by independent sources at this time. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the Ilyushin Il-76 was on a scheduled flight and had been transporting captured Ukrainian soldiers for an exchange. There were also six crew members and three accompanying persons on board.

Following the crash, a team has been dispatched to investigate the incident and determine the cause. Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod region, confirmed that there were no survivors and that the plane fell in a field near a populated area. However, it is unclear whether there were any casualties on the ground or what led to the crash.

The Kremlin is currently looking into the situation, as stated by spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Meanwhile, the chair of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, Andrey Kartapolov, claimed that the plane had been shot down by air defense missiles supplied to Ukraine by its Western allies. He alleges that Ukrainian leadership had prior knowledge of the exchange and the mode of transportation for the prisoners.

Ukraine’s Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War acknowledged the crash and cautioned against spreading unverified information. The statement emphasized that the enemy is actively engaged in special information operations aimed at destabilizing Ukrainian society.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine persist, with ongoing exchanges of prisoners occurring amidst continued fighting along the front lines in Ukraine’s east and south. Recently, there have been frequent attacks on regions in western Russia, including Belgorod. Russian officials have accused Ukraine of carrying out these strikes, although the Ukrainian government rarely takes public responsibility for attacks on Russian territory or the occupied Crimean Peninsula.

Belgorod, the largest Russian city near the border, is home to approximately 340,000 people and is situated approximately 60 miles north of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Please note: This is a developing story and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.