During the night of June 13, three airplanes should have landed in the Luhansk airport. The first one landed successfully, the second one was shot down by terrorists, the third one returned to its point of departure, Melitopol, reports LIGABusinessInform. The tragedy resulted in 49 deaths. However, the death toll could have been 200 people. It was only by pure luck that a part of the military servicemen went via Infantry fighting vehicles. MP Mykola Kniazhytskiy wrote this on FB:
“Yesterday at the meeting of servicemen with the President, all of the members, except for the representatives of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine have spoken against transportation of the servicemen by plane. The President has spoken against this as well. However, the military commanders have ensured that everything will go well. Luckily, a unit of military men had gone to Luhansk by IFVs. The downed plane was originally supposed to carry 200 soldiers and officers.”
Due to the tragedy, June 15 is declared a day of mourning in Ukraine.
Translated by Dasha Darchuk and Alya Shandra