IL-76 Military plane crash claims lives of Ukrainian POWs during exchange attempt in Belgorod region

Governor Gladkov of the Belgorod Oblast in Western Russia, close to the border with Ukraine, shared the news on his Telegram channel, stating, “In the Korocha district, a transport plane crashed. It fell in a field near a village. All those on board died.”

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that all individuals on board the IL-76 military plane that crashed in the Belgorod Region on Wednesday morning have lost their lives. This tragic incident unfolded as the aircraft, reportedly carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs) for an exchange, plummeted to the ground.

Governor Gladkov of the Belgorod Oblast in Western Russia, close to the border with Ukraine, shared the news on his Telegram channel, stating, “In the Korocha district, a transport plane crashed. It fell in a field near a village. All those on board died.” The crash site has been swiftly cordoned off, with emergency response services working at the scene. Simultaneously, investigative measures are being undertaken to unravel the causes behind this devastating crash that has sent shockwaves through the community.

The IL-76, a military transport aircraft, was reportedly in the midst of a critical mission involving the exchange of 65 Ukrainian military personnel, including 3 escorts and 6 crew members. The crash occurred during a poignant attempt at facilitating a humanitarian exchange, amplifying the tragedy surrounding the incident.

The Russian Ministry of Defence, grappling with the aftermath, has yet to provide specific reasons for the crash, leaving the international community eagerly awaiting the outcome of the impending inquiry. A dedicated panel is now mobilizing to thoroughly investigate the incident and shed light on the circumstances that led to this catastrophic event.