FAKE: The russian air forces shot down a Ukrainian plane with Western weapons over Odessa
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FAKE: The russian air forces shot down a Ukrainian plane with Western weapons over Odessa

27 April 2022
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The network is spreading information that on April 16 the russian air forces shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane with a large consignment of weapons from Western partners over Odessa.

However, this is a fake. This information was denied in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. The downing of the plane was not confirmed at the Pentagon. A Pentagon spokesman said there were no reports of gunfire.

Cargo from Western partners is not transported by plane over the territory of Ukraine. Arms from Western partners for Ukraine are transported through territories of Poland and Romania. Through Poland, military aid to Ukraine is delivered from 30 countries by plane, and aid is transported to Ukraine by truck. In the first days of the war, the head of the Military Administration of Lviv Region, Maksym Kozytskyi, asked truck owners to join in transporting humanitarian aid from Poland.

On April 20, the Pentagon warned that russia could attack routes used to supply weapons to Ukraine. These are bridges, roads and railways. The Pentagon also said that weapons were being transferred from planes to land vehicles to be delivered to Ukraine.

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