Foreign ministry confirms Ukrainian plane hit in Libya strike

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-07 19:28:42|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KIEV, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Ukrainian plane had been hit at Misrata airport in Libya, a media report said Wednesday.

The ministry confirmed, referring to the information received from the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine, that a Ukrainian plane had been destroyed as a result of a missile attack on the airport on Monday, according to a report by Interfax-Ukraine News Agency.

"As a result of the attack, the plane's tail was destroyed, the operator of the crew was slightly injured, and the passport documents of the air navigator were destroyed. The entire crew of the plane was evacuated to a safe place," said the ministry.

The plane was reportedly performing a humanitarian cargo transportation flight for the needs of the Libyan Red Crescent Society and had all the necessary permits.

The ministry said consular response measures are underway, and that the return of the Ukrainian citizens home is being arranged.