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Ukraine and Russia have exchanged accusations at the UN over the plane that went down in Belgorod

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other Thursday at the United Nations Security Council after a Russian military plane crashed near the Ukrainian border.

“All the information we have now shows that we are dealing with a planned and well-thought-out crime,” said Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitri Polianski.

Moscow accused Kyiv of shooting down the plane, knowing it was carrying, according to Russian authorities, 65 Ukrainian prisoners before the exchange.

Ukrainian authorities “know well the (air) route for transporting soldiers to the exchange zone,” Polianski said.

This is not the first such exchange, but “this time for an incomprehensible reason, the Kiev regime decided to sabotage the procedure in the most barbaric way,” he added, accusing the Ukrainians of being “ready to sacrifice their own citizens for the geopolitical interests of the West.

“Only thanks to the heroism of the pilot, who avoided the shelters at the last minute, did no one suffer on the ground,” said the Russian diplomat.

Ukraine is not informed of the number of vehicles, roads, or means of transportation for captives. That can only represent a deliberate act by Russia to endanger the lives and safety of prisoners,” answered Ukrainian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Khrystyna Hayovyshyn.

The Russian prisoners “have been transferred to the planned place and are waiting in complete safety for the exchange. “The Russians must ensure the same level of security for the captured Ukrainian soldiers,” insisted the Ukrainian diplomat.

For their part, Ukraine’s allies insist on Russia’s responsibility.

“Russia has repeatedly tried to shift responsibility for the tragedies of this war (…) as if it were the victim and not the aggressor,” said US Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood.

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