Ukraine’s Defense Ministry is claiming that two of its military fighter jets have been shot down in the eastern portion of the country, where violent outbreaks have been increasing among Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists.
According to the Huffington Post, the aircrafts were Sukhoi-25 fighter jets that were shot down at 1:30 p.m. local time in Savur Mogila. As Fox News reports, Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky claimed the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members. The status of those individuals is currently unknown.
The report comes less than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crashed in the region, provoking accusations on both sides of the conflict. The U.S. government has indicated that intelligence suggests the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, largely suggesting that Russia has been supplying arms to separatists. Russia has denied these claims.
Today, The Netherlands is holding a national day of mourning for those that were killed aboard MH17 last week. Some of the bodies discovered at the scene of the crash have also been returned to their home nation. Flight MH17, which departed from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport en route to Kuala Laumpur, resulted in the death of 193 Dutch passengers. All 298 individuals onboard the aircraft died as a result of the attack.