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Rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet over east Ukraine: Kiev

Published on Aug 17, 2014 4:03 PM

KIEV (AFP) - Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet over the war-torn east of the country, a military spokesman told AFP.

"In the course of an assignment to eliminate a large group of terrorists, a MiG-29 was shot down this morning in Lugansk region," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin said.

He added that the pilot parachuted out and was rescued by Ukrainian forces.