OSCE on the Downfall of Russian Il-76: Russia Must End Its War Against Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Thursday, January 25, 2024
OSCE on the Downfall of Russian Il-76: Russia Must End Its War Against Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a statement in the wake of the recent crash of a Russian Il-76 military transport plane in the Belgorod region of Russia

OSCE spokesperson David Dej, during a briefing, emphasized the urgent need for Russia to cease its war against Ukraine as the most effective measure to halt the ongoing violence and tragic loss of lives.

This statement comes in response to reports on January 24th of the downed Russian aircraft. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the plane was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war intended for exchange.

OSCE Chairman Ian Borg noted that the details surrounding the incident are not yet sufficient for a comprehensive comment. However, the overarching message from the OSCE remains clear: the importance of prioritizing the protection of life amidst this conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for a thorough investigation into the crash, stressing the need for clarity and transparency. Given the crash site's location within Russian territory, this may present challenges, but Ukraine is adamant about pursuing an international probe into the incident.

The OSCE's call for the cessation of hostilities by Russia reiterates the international community's stance against the ongoing war and its devastating impact on human lives. This tragic event serves as a somber reminder of the war's dire consequences and the urgent need for a resolution.

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