From RT on YouTube: Witnesees report the An-30 was hit over Slavyansk at 17:04 local time. It continued over the horizon. Unconfirmed reports state the pilots ejected and the plane crashed somewhere between Nikolaevka and Krasny Liman, near Golubie Ozera (Blue Lakes) region. It’s also reported that the plane was hit by anti-air missile, presumably launched by anti-Kiev militia:
This photo shows two parachutes ejecting.
If there’s only 2 parachutes that means a lot of people were left on board the plane. I read that in a previous accident in Czech that the plane was carrying 24 people. I have no idea what the normal complement would be but if doing reconnaissance I bet it was more than 2.
Normal crew size is 7.
This incident has already been included in the Wikipedia article on the AN-30; that made me laugh how quickly that update happened. It looks like the psychopaths in US State Dept. are losing the Information War.
Now that Putin has had a chance to to feel out his enemy at the D-Day commemorations in France (as well as feel out the dissension in the ranks of EU nations), let’s see what he does when comes back.
Dear The Saker,
Thank you for these videos. I wonder who captured the ejecting pilots? What nationality would they be?
In regard to the other two video’s the people of Donbass/Lugansk need some positive video’s so they know they have experienced people on their side. As you say – they are very much outnumbered.
It`s a scout plane. Only 2 men crew.
“This incident has already been included in the Wikipedia article on the AN-30” All Wiki pages about prominent figures are watched like hawks, probably with auto-alerts. I once tried adding criticisms of ‘ex’ CIA man Paul Goble’s work for the Jamestown Foundation with a link to the criticisms page about JF which alleges that entire outfit has been a CIA front since it opened in the 1980s, but someone in Estonia within two or three hours wiped out my edits. Due to Wikipedia’s arcane editor seniority rules pages about people the Establishment doesn’t like such as the investigative reporter Wayne Madsen contain easily debunked factual errors while unpleasant facts — even directly linkable, easily proven facts — stay off the pages of America’s nomenklatura. Another good example is Walter Isaacson, the former head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for RFE/RL. I tried inserting a video link to his ‘we must not be outcommunicated by our enemies’ speech in 2011 where he was clearly talking about RT, but that too was expunged from the record almost instantly.