Russian warplane shot down by Turkey

Russian warplane shot down by Turkey

The shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey is a “stab in the back” committed by “accomplices of terrorists”, Vladimir Putin has said.

The Sukhoi Su-24 was warned 10 times before being downed near the Syrian border by two Turkish F16 jets for violating the country’s airspace, according to the Turkish military.

A Turkish official said two Russian planes approached the Turkish border and were warned before one of them was shot down, adding their information shows Turkish airspace was repeatedly violated.

Both of the pilots are dead, say Sky sources.

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A rebel group has said it shot dead both of the pilots as he tried to land safely in northern Syria after ejecting from the jet.

Video sent to Reuters appears to show one of the pilots immobile on the ground. “A Russian pilot,” a voice is heard saying, as men gather around the man on the ground. “God is great,” is also heard.

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