They found the black boxes of the Russian Il-76 plane that crashed with 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on board

A Russian Il-76 aircraft

The rescue teams found this Thursday the black boxes of the Russian military plane Il-76 that crashed the day before in the Russian region of Belgorod with 74 people on board, including 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war who were to be exchanged for Russian soldiers, according to emergency services.

“According to preliminary data, the state of both black boxes will allow them to be decrypted. “They will be transported on a special flight to a Ministry of Defense laboratory (in Moscow), where their contents will be analyzed.”an emergency spokesperson told the agency TASS.

Another source, cited by the agency RIA Novostispecified that the black boxes were in the tail of the plane.

The aircraft crashed this Wednesday in the Russian region of Belgorodbordering Ukraine, when it was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war to be exchanged for Russian soldiers, according to the version from Moscow, which accused Kiev forces of shooting down the plane with an anti-aircraft missile.

In addition to the Ukrainian soldiers, there were six crew members and three escorts on board the crashed plane.

He Kremlin He assured on Thursday that, after the “monstrous act” committed by kyiv, the future of the prisoner exchanges is “in question.”

Instead, the head of the Duma Defense Committee (Russian Chamber of Deputies), Andrei Kartapolovwas convinced that, despite the incident, the exchanges would continue, because Russia “cannot abandon” its soldiers.

A road sign with the name of the village of Yablonovo near the crash site of the Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane in the Belgorod region, Russia.  January 24, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer
A road sign with the name of the village of Yablonovo near the crash site of the Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane in the Belgorod region, Russia. January 24, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer (STRINGER/)

“We will talk (with the Ukrainian side) based on reality, the events that happen and aware of the type of people we are dealing with”he claimed.

The last major exchange between Russia and Ukraine took place on January 3, when kyiv handed over 248 Russian soldiers to Moscow in exchange for 230 Ukrainian soldiers.

According to Kartapolov192 people were to participate in yesterday’s exchange, but those plans were aborted after the downing of the Russian plane.

Zelensky calls for independent investigation

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky called this Wednesday for an international investigation into the downing of the Russian plane that, according to Moscow, was transporting Ukrainian prisoners destined for an exchange.

“It is evident that the Russians are playing with the lives of Ukrainian prisoners, with the feelings of their families and the emotions of our society”he declared in his daily message, without confirming or denying that the victims were or were not prisoners of his country.

The UN Security Council will meet this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) to discuss the fall of the Russian plane on Wednesday morning in Ukraine.

The Il-76 crashed about 50 kilometers from the Ukrainian border after hearing explosions in the air, according to eyewitnesses cited by Russian agencies. According to Moscow, there were 65 Ukrainian prisoners on board ready to be exchanged for Russian prisoners, three Russian guards and the rest of the crew.

On Belgorod’s social networks you can see images of the Il-76 crashing into the ground at high speed and exploding in an open field.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed this morning at the UN that Ukraine first boasted about the downing of the plane in a digital publication, but then removed the publication, something that he said confirmed Ukrainian responsibility for the downing, even if it was by mistake. .

(With information from EFE)

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