Zelensky calls for an international investigation into the downing of the Russian military plane

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Wednesday evening for an international investigation into the downing of the Russian military plane that Moscow said was transporting Ukrainian prisoners of war in preparation for an exchange.

Moscow said 74 people were killed – 65 of them Ukrainian prisoners of war – when a military transport plane was shot down in the Belgorod region near the border with Ukraine earlier Wednesday.

“It’s clear that the Russians are manipulating the lives of Ukrainian prisoners, the feelings of their families, and the emotions of our society,” Zelensky said in his daily speech.

He didn’t confirm or deny Russia’s allegations, but said it was a “very difficult day”.

He added, “All the facts must be proven, as much as possible, given that the plane was shot down on Russian territory outside our control”.

He also called for an international investigation into the causes of the plane crash.

After the plane crash, Russia immediately accused Ukraine of responsibility and described what happened as a “terrorist act”.

In a series of statements, various military agencies in Kiev confirmed that a prisoner exchange was scheduled, stressing that Russia was responsible for protecting Ukrainian prisoners of war in its custody, while vowing to continue targeting Russian military installations and aircraft in the Belgorod region.

But Kiev hasn’t yet determined whether the Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed as a result of an accident or whether the plane was shot down by Ukrainian weapons.

Zelensky said he had instructed various state agencies to investigate the incident.

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