KYIV: Ukraine will do every little thing doable to safe a world investigation into the downing of a Russian army transport aircraft, the nation’s ombudsman mentioned on Thursday (Jan 25), a day after Moscow accused Kyiv of deliberately shooting it down.
Russia mentioned the Ilyushin Il-76 army aircraft was carrying 65 captured Ukrainian troopers to a prisoner change when it was downed on Wednesday close to the the Russian metropolis of Belgorod close to the Ukrainian border, killing all 74 individuals on board.
Kyiv has challenged elements of Moscow’s narrative and has not confirmed that Ukrainian prisoners have been on board.
“We demand a recognised worldwide investigation,” ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets instructed nationwide tv, including he would ship letters to the United Nations and the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross calling for such a probe.
“Concerning a world investigation, I imagine that we’ll do our half to make it occur. However I’m satisfied that … the Russians will make loud statements however is not going to enable anybody in. They won’t hand over any supplies for evaluation and can merely blame Ukraine,” he mentioned.
“In response to my info, I can’t say positively that there have been certainly prisoners of battle. We didn’t see any indication that there was such numerous individuals on the aircraft,” Lubinets added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned on Wednesday night that larger readability was wanted about what occurred, significantly when it got here to who was on board, and accused Russia of “enjoying with the lives of Ukrainian prisoners”.
Russia has branded the downing of the aircraft a “terrorist act”.
On Thursday the Kremlin mentioned no one may say at this stage how the incident would have an effect on future prisoner swaps.