Ukraine claims to have shot down a Russian military transport plane with paratroopers on board-World News, Firstpost

Russian-Ukrainian crisis LIVE updates: According to a statement from the General Staff of the army, the Il-76 heavy transport plane was shot down near Vasylkiv, a town 40 kilometers south of Kiev . The report could not immediately be verified.

A man sits in front of his destroyed building after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chugiv. AFP

Russian-Ukrainian crisis LATEST updates: The Ukrainian military said it shot down a Russian military transport plane with paratroopers on board.

Russia “attacked one of the military units on Victory Avenue in Kiev. The attack was repelled,” the Ukrainian military said on its verified Facebook page, without specifying where exactly the incident took place. is produced.

Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Moscow immediately cease its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all its troops, a defeat that the United States and its supporters knew was inevitable but that would put highlight Russia’s global isolation.

The vote was 11 in favour, with Russia voting no and China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstaining, showing significant but not total opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion. of his country’s smaller and militarily weaker neighbour.

The resolution’s failure paves the way for supporters to call for a quick vote on a similar resolution at the 193-member UN General Assembly, where there is no veto. There was no immediate word on a timeline for an assembly vote.

The vote was delayed two hours by the United States and Albania, which co-sponsored the resolution, and their supporters scrambled behind the scenes to get wavering nations to support the resolution. China’s decision to abstain, rather than use its veto alongside its usual ally Russia, was seen as a diplomatic achievement.

“It is not surprising that Russia exercised its veto power today in an effort to protect Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified and impermissible war in Ukraine,” said US Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield.

“But let me make one thing clear: Russia, you can veto this resolution, but you can’t veto our votes,” she told her Russian counterpart. “You cannot veto the truth. You cannot veto our principles.”

Brazil’s Ambassador Ronaldo Costa Filho, whose country’s vote was initially questioned but turned into a yes, said his government was “seriously concerned” about Russia’s military action. “A line has been crossed and this council cannot remain silent,” he said.

In response, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reiterated his country’s claims that it stands up for people in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting the government for eight years. . He accused the West of ignoring Ukrainian abuses there.

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