Five years later: anniversary of downing of Ukraine’s IL-76 over Luhansk

19:22, 14 June 2019

Ukrainians pay tribute to 40 airborne troops and nine crew members who deceased in the downing of Ilyushin IL-76 airplane over Luhansk in June 2014.  It's been the fifth anniversary of this tragedy, which became one of the most memorable dates in the history of the ongoing Donbas conflict.

Ukraine's Il-76 was shot down near the airport of Luhansk on June 14, 2014; it was an attack by Russian occupants who used a man-portable anti-aircraft missile launcher. The plane caught fire and crashed, killing everyone aboard.

Major General Viktor Nazarov, the-then leader of the counter-terrorist operation in Donbas was charged with the neglect of duty in a combat situation, which led to severe consequences. The officer filed an appeal, but the court eventually sentenced him to seven years behind the bars.