"Yesterday a terrible tragedy for all the Army of Ukrainehappened. In the sky above Luhansk we lost 49 brothers in arms.Today the President declared a day of mourning. A thorough specialinternal investigation is conducted, a criminal investigation of anact of terrorism is pursued," the head of the Defense Ministrysaid.
Koval also notedthat now the Ministry of Defence experts investigate whetherRussian ownedweapons thatyesterdaybrought down the Ukrainian militaryaircraft near Luhansk.
"Was ita Russian "Utes" or "Shkval"(heavy machine gun and combat system respectively) - theinvestigation will find out. They fired incendiary large-caliberammunition," Koval said.
Regarding PZRK(MANPADS) fire, the Defense Minister said that "firedrocketsaimed at the destruction ofthe aircraft, not to give him land, because all the bullets hit thewings where an aircraft fuel tanks are."
"Those criminalswho fired at the plane were very well prepared. The crime wasprofessionally prepared. There could be a betrayal of dispatcherswho tracked the flight. There were two rockets shot and a volleyat the destruction of the aircraft was made," Kovalexplained.