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Published: Thursday July 17, 2014 MYT 10:35:01 PM
Updated: Thursday July 17, 2014 MYT 10:36:01 PM

Russia did not shoot down Ukraine warplane, says Russia U.N. envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia did not shoot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations over eastern Ukraine, said Russia's U.N. ambassador on Thursday, where government forces are fighting to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion.

When asked about the incident, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters: "We didn't do it."

The Ukrainian military accused Russian jets of being responsible. It was the first time Ukraine had directly accused Russia of using air power in the war.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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