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Ukraine investigates incident that killed 3 pilots while Russia attacks with cruise missiles

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KYIV, Aug 27: Ukrainian authorities have launched an investigation after a midair collision between two
warplanes in the west of the country killed three pilots.
Ukraine’s air force spokesman Yuri Ihnat told Ukrainian television on Sunday it wasn’t immediately clear
how long the probe would take.
According to the air force’s Telegram page, two L-39 training military aircraft collided on Friday during a
combat mission over Ukraine’s western Zhytomyr region.
Three pilots were killed, including Andriy Pilshchykov, a well-known pilot with the nickname “Juice” who
was an outspoken advocate for Ukraine getting F-16 fighter jets.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his nightly address on Saturday paid tribute to Pilshchykov, describing
him as a “Ukrainian officer, one of those who helped our country a lot.”
Ukraine’s Vasilkiv tactical aviation brigade on Sunday identified the other two pilots killed in the collision
as Viacheslav Minka and Serhiy Prokazin.
Russian forces, in the meantime, targeted central and northern regions of Ukraine with cruise missiles
Ukraine’s air force on Sunday reported air defences successfully intercepted four of them.
In the Kyiv region surrounding the Ukrainian capital, the falling debris damaged a dozen private homes
and wounded two people, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said.
In Russia, the Defence Ministry reported bringing down two drones over the Bryansk and Kursk regions
that border Ukraine.
The drones, the ministry said, were launched by “the Kyiv regime” in “yet another attempt at terrorist
attacks” on Russian soil.
Kursk Gov. Roman Starovoit, however, reported that a drone slammed into a multistory residential
building in the region’s namesake capital.
It wasn’t immediately clear if it crashed after being shot down by air defences, like the Defence Ministry
reported, or was targeting the building. Starovoit said no one was hurt, but a number of windows were
shattered. (AP)

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