49 dead as Ukraine military plane shot down near Russia.

Ukraine  plane shot down
A Ukrainian military transport aircraft, An-26 plane was hit at an altitude of 6500m (21,325ft) and has been shot down in the
east, amid fighting with pro-Russian separatist rebels, Ukrainian
officials say.

The plane was targeted with “a more powerful missile” than a
shoulder-carried missile, “probably fired” from Russia. The crew
survived, reports say.

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Russia has made no comment. Separately, Nato reported a
Russian troop build-up near the Ukraine border.
A Nato official confirmed to the BBC that the alliance had observed
a significant increase of Russian troops, bringing their number to
up to 12,000.

Russia denies supporting and arming the separatists, and has
invited officials from the Organization for Security and Co-
operation in Europe to monitor its border with Ukraine.

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