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Russia calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting after downing of plane

By Xinhua
On 25 January 2024 at 07:41

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after the downing of a Russian plane carrying captured Ukrainian soldiers.

At a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, Lavrov said Moscow requested a meeting for 3 p.m. Wednesday New York Time (2000 GMT). But obviously the meeting has not been scheduled accordingly.

Lavrov said a Russian IL-76 transport aircraft was downed with 65 captured Ukrainian military servicemen on board together with three Russian officers and six crew members. All people on board the plane died as a result of what he said a terrorist attack by Ukraine.

Lavrov said an air defense missile launched by Ukraine from the Kharkiv region downed the plane in the Belgorod region. The IL-76 was carrying the 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers from Moscow to Belgorod for a prisoner-of-war swap that had been agreed on between Moscow and Kiev.


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