Anti-Kiev forces took down a Ukrainian military Il-76 jet as it was landing in Lugansk, the country’s Defense Ministry said. It did not provide details on casualties.
TSN.ua news website earlier reported that around 30 paratroopers were killed as self-defense forces hit the jet with a rocket.
The plane was transporting rotating military personnel and had “troops, machinery, equipment and food,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft that usually has a crew of seven and can transport up to 167 soldiers with weapons.
Meanwhile, shooting has resumed in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region as the Ukrainian military continues its crackdown on self-defense forces in the country’s east, a self-defense representative said.