Because the solar rises on day three of the Ukrainian conflict with Russia, stories have surfaced that two Russian Ilyushin Il-76 heavy transports had been shot down by Ukrainian air defenses. Russia has not acknowledged the lack of any of its Il-76 plane.
On Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, Ukrainian air defenses claimed to have shot down one Russian Il-76 transport close to Vasylkiv, south of the capital in Kyiv. Ukrainian stories claimed the plane was carrying a “touchdown drive” however didn’t specify any variety of casualties or survivors from the reported incident.
Using the Il-76 transport plane together with specifically skilled airfield seizure troops just like U.S. Military Rangers is called a part of Russian army doctrine.
Following stories of this primary Il-76 shoot-down incident, a “second Il-76” was reported to have been shot down over Bila Tserkya. The report originated from the Ukrainian State Particular Communications Company. Early stories didn’t counsel what mission this plane could have been performing and no particular stories of casualties or survivors has been supplied as of this hour.
Each stories had been later confirmed, at round 04.30UTC by AP:
New @AP reporting tonight: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was requested to evacuate Kyiv on the behest of the U.S. authorities however turned down the provide. An American official tells me Zelenskyy stated, “The combat is right here; I want ammunition, not a trip.” pic.twitter.com/oSpa1vdX29
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) February 26, 2022
The Ilyushin Il-76, NATO reporting title “Candid”, is a big, four-engine jet transport roughly related in mission and configuration to the American C-17 Globemaster III. It’s utilized in quite a lot of configurations and roles various from digital warfare, airborne early warning and management and mostly, heavy transport together with the supply of airborne forces by way of parachute insertion and direct touchdown on captured airfields.
The stories of the Il-76 plane being shot down have been accompanied by pictures on the web, each from information companies and on social media, that present plane wreckage. Some elements in these pictures are identifiable as Il-76 elements, most notably, the distinctive tail gun turret in a single photograph.
Nonetheless, extra pictures of a Ukrainian Il-76 that was shot down by the Russians nearly eight years in the past on June 14, 2014, have additionally surfaced in present media stories. The Ukrainian Air Pressure Il-76 within the 2014 incident was shot down by Russian separatists throughout its touchdown method to Luhansk. In that 2014 incident, 40 troopers and 9 crew members had been killed. That downing occurred in June and the panorama within the present pictures appears to be coherent with the summer time season. Some social media accounts originating in Ukraine say the 2 Russian Il-76 shoot-downs claimed at this time are “revenge” for the 2014 lack of the Ukraine Il-76. Each Ukraine and Russia function the Ilyushin Il-76 heavy jet transport.
Extra stories counsel that the battle for the capital metropolis of Kyiv has begun, set in opposition to the backdrop of a Russian media report from TASS that, “Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal and is able to negotiate peace and a ceasefire.” No different western media outlet has reported this announcement that was attributed to Vladimir Zelensky’s press secretary Sergey Nikiforov.
Additional unverified claims of Russian plane being downed and repetitive combating in a number of areas could counsel that Russian advances are going through heavier resistance than initially estimated, however particular info from both nation within the battle has been tough to confirm. One report urged a serious thrust by Russian forces into downtown Kyiv utilizing the town’s most important highway was thwarted by Ukrainian defenders. As with almost each report popping out of the area, there was no unbiased verification of the stories.
Because the third day of the battle continues one quandary of this conflict has been the issue of acquiring correct media info, each from official sources and thru social media retailers. Within the continued evolution of media within the social media age, the excellence between “official” media retailers and novice social media has blurred or disappeared completely. In consequence, stories from the area originate from both embedded reporters truly in Ukraine, such because the BBC’s Liz Doucet who has been reporting immediately from the Ukrainian capital by way of satellite tv for pc and web hyperlinks, or from observers exterior the area monitoring official information and unofficial social media channels for tales. Even personal satellite tv for pc reconnaissance corporations have supplied intelligence on the battle, however with little context and no official verification. These vastly totally different media sources present both a really close-up view of the battle, as if “viewing the battlefield by means of a straw”, to a really broad and often much less credible perspective gleaned from media surveys which might be extremely vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation. On account of this extremely polarized media depiction of the conflict, an infinite quantity of knowledge between these two journalistic extremes has left worldwide observers at nighttime, with few credible, substantial narratives of the battle to rely on.
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If there’s any reality to those rumours, it’s in all probability just like the ridiculous claims of the ‘ghost’- Ukraine has Il-76’s as effectively. Did they shoot down their very own planes, once more?
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