June 14 - Webcam video from a camera in Luhansk shows a distant view of an explosion said to be from the crash of a Ukrainian military transport aircraft shot down by pro-Russian separatists near Luhansk airport in eastern Ukraine.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A webcam video from a real-time camera installed by the road leading to the airport in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine showed what is said to be an explosion from the crash of a Ukrainian military transport aircraft Il-76 shot down by pro-Russian separatists on Saturday (June 14), killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces in a single incident since they launched a military operation to halt the rebellion in east Ukraine against the country's pro-European leaders in Kiev and to try to prevent the country splitting up. The Defence Ministry said in a statement the Il-76 plane was shot down in a "cynical" attack by rebels using an anti-aircraft weapon and a heavy-calibre machine gun. The Prosecutor General's office said nine crew and 40 paratroopers had been killed and that the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile at 1:10 a.m. (2210 GMT on Friday). The Luhansk region is at the heart of the rebellion launched in April by separatists who want Russia to absorb the Russian-speaking east following the annexation of Crimea in March. Government forces control Luhansk airport but local media said fighting was under way on Saturday in the city, control of which is important for patrolling the nearby border with Russia.