Onboard the Il-76, there were supposed to be military-political VIP individuals from Russia, but the FSB prohibited them from boarding at the last moment, according to Yusov
The IL-76 military transport plane that crashed in the Belgorod region on the morning of January 24 was supposed to be carrying Russian military and political VIPs. It is noteworthy that at the last moment, the FSB banned them from boarding.
He emphasized that Ukrainian military intelligence found out this fact after the plane crash. Yusov said this on the air of Radio Liberty.
Yusov emphasized that the names of the representatives of the military and political leadership of the aggressor state of the Russian Federation, who were supposed to be on board the IL-76, are already known. However, he explained that all detailed information will be provided as part of an international investigation.
The DIU representative also said that at the last moment, the FSB actually ordered them not to board the plane and to use other means of transportation.
At the same time, Yusov added that the military and FSB officers did not allow the Russian Emergencies Ministry to inspect the crash site. He also said that the video from the crash site does not show the remains of human bodies, and only five bodies were taken to the local morgue in Belgorod.
"We know from intelligence reports that as of yesterday, only five bodies were delivered to the Belgorod morgue. In fact, this number corresponds to the number of crew members of the same IL-76, the same aircraft that was part of the Russian Aerospace Forces," Yusov said.
In addition, Ukrainian intelligence does not rule out that the terrorist country Russia could have used Ukrainian prisoners of war as human shields to transport weapons. According to the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andriy Yusov, the Russian occupants claimed that the crashed Il-76 aircraft was only one-third loaded.
As you know, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the plane was allegedly carrying "65 Ukrainian prisoners of war" and "was heading for a pre-arranged exchange" at the Kolotylivka border checkpoint between Russia and Ukraine. The ministry also accused Kyiv of hitting the plane with two unspecified missiles, which "killed 65 prisoners of war, six Russian crew members and three Russian servicemen."
The Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubynets, and the Ukrainian Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War emphasized that Ukraine is investigating the plane crash near Belgorod. The Ombudsman called on the public and the media not to draw premature conclusions about the incident based on unconfirmed facts, which are primarily spread by Russian propaganda.
The DIU emphasized that Ukraine "does not currently have reliable and comprehensive information about who was on board the Russian VKS aircraft." They also noted that Ukraine "will continue to take measures to destroy the means of delivery" and "control the airspace" in the Kharkiv-Belhorod border area. For his part, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that Kyiv would insist on an international investigation into the downing of the Russian plane.
A number of Ukrainian experts have already exposed Russia's lies about the IL-76 crash. For example, Oleksandr Kovalenko emphasized that the Russian Defense Ministry's statements about "Ukrainian prisoners of war" on board are fake, as the photos from the crash site do not show the bodies of "dozens of people" who were allegedly on the flight.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, analysts at the Institute for War Studies pointed out how Russia quickly took advantage of the downing of the IL-76 to spread fakes. According to experts, by manipulating the issue of prisoners of war, the Kremlin will try to sow internal discontent in Ukraine and undermine the West's desire to continue providing military assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.