A Russian IL-76 military transport plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war was shot down by a U.S.-made Patriot missile fired by Ukrainian forces, Russian investigators said Thursday.
Russia’s State Investigative Committee said that Ukrainian forced actually fired two missiles at the aircraft, according to Reuters.
Ukrainian officials have neither confirmed nor denied that they fired at the plane, but have called for an international investigation. So, now, has Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It’s been definitively established that the plane was shot down by an American Patriot air defense system,” Putin claimed during a campaign event, according to The Moscow Times.