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Fighter jet reported shot down over rebel-held east Ukraine

Published on Aug 8, 2014 12:08 AM

ZHDANIVKA, Ukraine (AFP) - A Ukranian fighter jet was shot down on Thursday as it flew low over rebel-held territory in the east of the country, an AFP journalist witnessed.

The aircraft crashed into a field after an explosion in mid-air and the pilot was seen parachuting out in an area some 40km east of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk.

Explosions and flashes erupted from the plane as it continued to burn on the ground, sending up acrid smoke into the sky.

Two rebel fighters were seen standing close by in the dry, grassy field where the plane came down.

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