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A Russian plane carrying 74 people, including 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war, crashed on Wednesday in the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. There would be no survivors, according to the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.

The event would have taken place near Yablonovo, in 174 km from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The causes of the crash remain unknown at this time.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war, 6 crew members and 3 attendants were on the plane. The Russian news agency RIA Novosti also reports that these prisoners were transported to the region with a view to a prisoner exchange.

Shortly before the #x27;crash, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov warned the population on his Telegram account that a missile alert had been issued in the region, calling on residents to find shelter.

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The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov. (Archive photo)

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The Russian Defense Ministry accused Kiev of downing the plane, claiming to have observed the launch of two missiles.

The Kiev regime committed a terrorist act by shooting down a Russian military transport plane that was flying from Chkalovskiy airfield to Belgorod to transport Ukrainian servicemen for exchange, the ministry said. adding that Ukraine knew these soldiers would be flown in on Wednesday.

An exchange was to take place on Wednesday afternoon at the Kolotilovka post, on the border between Russia and Ukraine, according to the Russian ministry.

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A video shared on social networks and validated by the Associated Press shows smoke caused by the crash of the plane.

Ukraine has not yet officially reacted to the Russian accusations.

The Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War confirmed that it was looking into the situation, but did not provide further information, simply reminding people to be careful not to share unverified information.

With information from Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and BBC< /em>

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