MOSCOW – Ukraine’s air force recently suffered its biggest blow since the beginning of anti-separatist operations in the breakaway eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk this spring. The country’s defense ministry confirmed the loss of an Ilyushin Il-76 transport that was shot down on June 14 while landing at Lugansk airport. According to the ministry, the separatists used an air-defense system and large-caliber machine gun to engage the aircraft, which reportedly carried ...


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