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Two Ukrainian fighter planes shot down

The pilots ejected safely, according to the military press office.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   July 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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DYMTRIVKA , Ukraine, July 23 (UPI) -- Two Ukrainian Air Force fighter planes were shot down Wednesday over the eastern part of the country, military officials confirmed.

The pilots ejected safely from their planes, Russian-built Su-25 jets, but their conditions were not immediately made available. The incidents occurred near the town of Dmytrivka, the military press office announced.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have been accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a commercial airliner, on July 17, leading to the loss of 298 lives. Ukraine reported two other planes, an Antonov An-26 transport plane and another Su-25 fighter jet -- both military planes -- were shot down days earlier.

The loss of two more fighter jets is seen as a blow to Ukraine's air force, which has a limited number of airworthy planes.

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