Russia says there were dozens of people on board: new details of the crash of the military IL-76 in the Belgorod region
There were 75 people on board the Russian Il-76 plane that crashed in Belgorod on January 24 (according to the previous version, 63 people), including 5 crew members. They all died.
This was reported by Russian media, citing their own sources. The information has not yet been officially confirmed.
At the same time, the Monitor TV channel noted that the Russian version of the deaths on board is very suspicious, as the photos published from the scene do not show any bodies.
"The information about 63 people is a Russian throw-in, followed by the IPSO about allegedly Ukrainian prisoners on board. The IL-76 was carrying missiles for the S-300 and was shot down by a missile," the statement said.
At the same time, the Russian military Telegram channel "Thirteenth" noted that prisoners are not transported by airplanes.
"I haven't heard of prisoners being transported by airplanes yet either, maybe it's some kind of know-how, maybe I'm just not aware. But I would not rush to conclusions," the Russian wrote.
Meanwhile, the propagandists continued to bend their line and made another claim that another IL-76 plane carrying 80 captured Ukrainians had to be turned around in an emergency to "save their lives." It is no secret how much the Russians love to "save" Ukrainians.
Russian opposition activist and founder of the Conflict Intelligence Team investigative group Ruslan Leviev also expressed doubts about the transportation of prisoners by plane on social network X.
"In the version about the prisoners of war, it is not the fact of transportation by plane that worries me more, but where they were being transported from. It seems that prisoners of war are held in specially liberated border colonies in the Rostov region. Were they transported by plane from Rostov to Belgorod?" he said.
Leviev also added that the mushroom formed during the explosion may indicate that the plane was shot down.
The Ukrainian Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War said that they are currently collecting and analyzing information from Russia about the presence of Ukrainian prisoners on board the IL-76. Until official statements or comments are made public, Ukrainians are asked not to disseminate unverified information.
It is noted that the crash site was surrounded by the military, the wreckage of the plane scattered for kilometers around. The plane caught fire in midair. The moment the plane crashed was caught on video.
The plane crashed in Yablonovo, Korocha district: the footage from the moment of its crash shows a church - the Church of St. Dmitry of Thessalonica in this village. According to the Russian Cheka-OGPU channel, the crew allegedly managed to report significant damage before the crash.
Shortly before the first reports of the downing of the military transporter appeared, the governor of Belgorod Oblast, Vyacheslav Gladkov, warned of a "missile threat" in Belgorod Oblast. It disappeared almost simultaneously with the occupiers' plane.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- On January 21, a private passenger plane Falcon 10, flying from India to Russia, crashed in Afghanistan. The plane was registered in the state register of civil aircraft of the Russian Federation.
- British intelligence reported that after Ukrainian defenders destroyed an enemy A-50 reconnaissance aircraft in the Sea of Azov, Russia commissioned another A-50. Thus, Russia has actually recognized the elimination of the A-50 by Ukraine.