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Ukraine’s Pro-Russian Separatists: Russia Says They Have No Involvement, But The “Separatist” Have Anti-Aircraft Missiles and Tanks

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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard at the site of the crash of the Il-76 Ukrainian army transport plane in Luhansk on June 14, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists shot down the transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday.

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard at the site of the crash of the Il-76 Ukrainian army transport plane in Luhansk on June 14, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists shot down the transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

Associated Press

Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.

It was a bitter setback for the Ukrainian forces — the deadliest single incident yet in their battle against an armed insurgency that the government, backed by the U.S., says is supported by Russia. It also came only a week after the new president, billionaire candy magnate Petro Poroshenko, spoke about a peace plan in his inaugural address.

The downing of the plane drew condemnation and concern from…

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