Ukraine Military Transport Plane Shot Down, 49 Killed

Tyler Durden's picture

While the world's short attention span may have been diverted to Iraq where the ISIS insurgents are now knocking on Baghdad's door, and with it - Iraq's vast southern oil fields and infrastructure (which if taken offline would send oil up to $200 according to T. Boone Pickens). the "out of sight, out of mind" conflict in Ukraine, which the western media dropped covering like a hot potato some time in early May for reasons not entirely known, continues to escalate and where the latest outbreak of violence took place overnight when a Ukraine military transport Il-76 was allegedly shot down by separatists in the city of Lugansk as it was about to land.

As a result of the crash all 49 Ukrainian service personnel on board were killed. The death toll would be the biggest suffered by government forces in a single incident since Ukraine’s government launched a military operation against pro-Russian separatists in the east.

We remind readers that Lugansk is the same city where in the beginning of June a Ukraine fighter jet was caught on tape wantonly bombing  civilians in broad daylight resulting in numerous civilians.

As AFP reports, Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane overnight carrying troops and supplies in the eastern city of Luhansk, the defense ministry said on Saturday. This is the second major reported Ukraine airborne casualty following the downing of a military transport helicopter which took place at the end of May and killed a Ukraine army general.

“On the night of June 13-14, the terrorists...fired from an anti-aircraft weapon and a large calibre machine gun, shooting down military transport aircraft...IL-76 as it was about to land,” the ministry said in a statement, offering its condolences to the victims’ families.


Forty-nine military personnel were killed in the incident, according to military spokesman Vladislav Seleznov.


Luhansk lies near Ukraine’s border with Russia, an area where separatists have seized government buildings and declared independence after holding disputed referendums.


An estimated 270 people have been killed in the violence over the past two months.

In other news, Bloomberg reports that a guard found an explosive device near one of the main entrances of the president's office overnight, Unian news service reports citing an unidentified official from State Guard Department. The device was made of several grenades and mobile phone. Conveniently the man who planted the device escaped, Unian says, so it is unclear if he was a Russian "separatist" or merely hired by the CIA.

That said, we expect the latest tragic development in the Ukraine civil war to get far more western media coverage than the wanton bombing of civilians in the same town by Ukraine forces two weeks ago.

Footage of the incident can be seen below.

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DaddyO's picture

Are you happy, Victoria?


Millivanilli's picture

Yeah, that cunt talked shit like she was godon gekko of regime change.   I'll bet she has a manicure scheduled today.  Victoria Nuland is pig vomit.

knukles's picture

The forces of evil expand rapidly.
Ah the statist, ego-eccentricities of mankind


even Chelsea Clinton furthers the devil's imagery... in tight leather pants... I don't know what else to call that look on her... kinda like Spandex was not meant for the masses... but she said she learned right from wrong from her daddy....

machineh's picture

Shocking that the Clintons sold their daughter into presstitution ($600K a year from NBC 'News').

y3maxx's picture

...USSA Propaganda Machine is now a dying Machine. Be careful out there....Only thing left for USSA is a real Armed Provocation. NOT A BLACK FLAG EVENT BUT A "YELLOW" FLAG EVENT...IS ONE DONE BY COWARDS...THE USSA

Latina Lover's picture

Some Donetsk and Russian sources are claiming the losses are much higher, with many foreign snipers also killed.   I look forward to the day when the Ukrainian Military overthrow Porkyschenko and hang him by his balls.

MachoMan's picture

if you see the word "sniper" in a press article, might want to disregard it...

Manthong's picture


This is a dead thread but..

For whatever it is worth..

I have spent thousands of hours in military transport /patrol / surveillance aircraft.

The poor Ukes in that plane were just collateral on a banker mission.

I said a prayer for their families


COSMOS's picture

Good stories John I like your page.

johngaltfla's picture

Thanks. I try to keep it peppy...

graneros's picture

I'm guessing those aicraft constituted about a third of their total Air Force.

Well John we are certainly living in interesting times. Now if we could only get Ragnar's battleship thrown into the mix.

mc225's picture

thunder thighs... rockin' the leather pants. it's the platform shoes she could probably do without. go with old-fashioned stilettos instead.

RacerX's picture

as Howard Stern would say: "She's a Cunnnnnnnnnnn...."

Millivanilli's picture

Yellen says inflation is at bay.   Cough...


Keep on stackin.

samcontrol's picture

I am stacking paper silver ' FULL RETARD.

Renewable Life's picture

The US Military's CO's, it's civilian leadership, and their corporate MIC masters are completely out matched tactically, under educated on the regions they are doing battle in, and frankly tired as hell and demoralized!

India, China, Russia, Brazil, SE Asia, and most of Africa knows it!!

Only those equally delusional and benefiting from a broken, corrupt, freud ridden system, that was organized 65 years ago, don't see it yet! And even some of them are waking up quickly!

People are governed in this world ultimately by "consent" or death, Americans are under the illusion we have what we have because we are entitled to it! Nothing could be further from the truth and soon 100's of millions of Americans are going to find out what that delusional miscalculation will cost them!!

Jack Burton's picture

A fine post "Renewable Life".  I have to agree, as we see in Iraq, people are calling America's bluff. We Americans don't think we are bluffing, we mostly think we are all powerful and able to force anyone we want to obey. This power we feel entitled to based on our excetional economic and military powers. But, as you say, only we are buying into this lie now a days.

The leaders of America and the people both actually believe the propaganda that our corporate media presents. The American are fast becoming victims of their own propaganda. This is because Americas get only one side of every story. Media presents the neo-con and neo-liberal Washington concensus.

The recent events in Iraq, that nobody saw coming is an example. The East Ukrainian resistance to the US imposed Coup Government in Kiev is another example.

I know Americans who are amazed that East Ukrainians can even read and write, let alone use missiles to shoot down the planes of America's allies. Clueless is what most Americans are. They can't believe anyone can defy America and live to tell the tale.

Renewable Life's picture

Not only are America's enemies "living to tell the tale", they are adapting and getting stronger by the days and months!! After 13 years of war and taking the biggest punch America had in Iraq, Afganistan, and a dozen other Countries, these "rebels" are just starting to get tough and strong enough to really resist!!
Meanwhile America is broke, divided, exhausted, and demoralized!
That is a recipe for total defeat, Vietnam style!!! But this time unlike then, the lose we are describing, will usher in a new world order and most likely the end of America as most know it!!

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Can't believe the US didn't learn more (?anything) from Vietnam.

RECISION's picture

Merika is a lot like a Goldfish.

It did learn all the lessons from Vietnam - it just promptly forgot them all.

(and/or gets distracted by sparkly objects)

reader2010's picture

Do you really believe she makes her own decisions? 

Winston Churchill's picture

They really don't have a clue do our supposed elites.

No plan survives first contact with the enemy, and their plans are full of holes to start


Jack Burton's picture

Kimberly Marten represents the exceptional American pronouncing judgement on everyone. What gives her this power? She is American, she is exceptional and she works for the neo-con military industrial media spy complex. She is on TV to make sure even liberals support the NATO war machine. She talks like she is so arrogant and sure of herself. In the rest of the world, her exceptional powers of insight would be laughed at. She is a propaganda whore, one designed to control liberals into supporting the neo-con war mongers. Conservatives have their masters of propaganda, liberal also their masters of propaganda. Both parties end up with the very same support for neo-con war mongering and the empire.

garypaul's picture

Oil to $200?  But the Bakken will save us!!


SDShack's picture

Oil will never make it to $200/bbl. When they manipulated it to $145/bbl in 2008, they deliberatlly tanked the economy to give us 0zer0. That was with an economy that was much stronger than today. I doubt this economy can support $125/bbl oil, and certainly not $150/bbl, let alone $200/bbl. Pikens has probably got another wind power deal cooking so he HOPES oil goes to $200/bbl.

Colonel Klink's picture

They'll get it to @200 so they can usher in Hitlery.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Sick as it sounds, yes she is happy.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Big plane make big fireball! Must have run into some humanitarian aid from Mother Russia.


TheReplacement's picture

What is wrong with Russia providing people with arms to defend themselves?  I don't approve of Russian or NATO forces getting involved but as long as the seperatists do the fighting for themselves it fits with the American idea of independence. 

I say American meaning the USA, not the USSA.

mrpxsytin's picture

I'm not weighing in on either side, but you obviously haven't seen the videos of these so called separatists... There are hardened Russian war veterans from the Chechnya campaigns moving daily into east Ukraine. Do some research on Strelkov, the commander of the pro- Russian forces.

Russia has propaganda too you know.

Read the comments. Do they look like local militiamen to you?

Rootin' for Putin's picture

You know, you can be a veteran and still do whatever you want once you are out, even fight in a civil war.  Surplus military clothing is cheap everywhere and its not difficult for someone to raid an abandonded armory and hand out the booty to anyone who wants it.

nc551's picture

Those guys didn't have cold hard stares.  They were smiling and laughing and warming each others spirits, dealing with the fact they may not go home to their loved ones.

Volkodav's picture

ignorant post

 there are thousands of vets and ex services live in these regions..older guys with deep experience...

Afgantsy and other conflicts....they defend their families, homes...

Freddie's picture

Russia and Putin are not allowing the United States borders to be invaded.  The NWO, Obam and Democrats and RINOS are.  Go F yourself.

kowalli's picture

Ukraian-nazi-USA guys are idiots. Pro-rus ukrainians said them - no flying here or we will shot it down

Shrapnel's picture

Hopefully Victoria Nuland was onboard handing out cookies to the US/NATO funded mercs.

MopWater's picture

And maybe this turns up the heat.

NOZZLE's picture

Bummer,  next time don't butcher women and children as part of strategy cooked  by our out of control state department. 

Ides of November's picture

Hmmm. It's a fair point to make. Amazingly, some folks (or at least this is what much of the media portrays it as) seem to think a war means - we shoot at you, and you get shot at (by us).


If you shoot back at us - you're doing it wrong!!

Can anyone with an ounce of sense explain to me how flying military transports full of soldiers into a disputed territory is a good way to negotiate with your adversary?

I mean, WTF???

Remington IV's picture

Obama's team is deserving of another Nobel Peace prize

Joenobody12's picture

It does not hurt to write to the Nobel piece of shit committee to nominate the mother fucker for another piece of shit prize. At least you shame them if they still possess a molecule of humanity.

Sinnedi's picture

Ww3 in 3.... 2... 1.. Go!

Whoa Dammit's picture

I feel really sorry for the Western Ukrainian dupes who are fighting. Most of them want to join the EU so they can move to Paris and live the high life chasing French girls. In reality they would end up as painters or janitors living in the slums and the French girls would have nothing to do with them. They don't understand they are fighting to make their lives worse.

Wild Theories's picture

Yes they want the high life from the west, but French girls? Ukraine has way better looking women than the french.

Ukrainian women are Hitler's wet dream, blonde with blue eyes, there's even a Ukrainian model who looks like a real-life barbie.

samcontrol's picture

well there you go you said it yourself " barbie" ...
America's definition of beauty..
Sure i loved "frenching " those big american balloons and fish lips, but that is really fun just for a month or two , after that you realize that the lack of brains is just to unbearable .

Yes Those blonde Barbies are hotter on a percentage basis, but they Have NOTHING on a hot french women, not that you tried either ...