Kiev says rebels downed army chopper, 2 crew killed

AFPAugust 22, 2014
An Ukrainian MI-24 helicopter flies near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on August 19, 2014
An Ukrainian MI-24 helicopter flies near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on August 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Anatolii Stepanov)

Kiev (AFP) - Kiev said on Friday that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian air force helicopter near the eastern city of Lugansk this week, killing the two-member crew.

The Mi-24 helicopter was shot down on Wednesday south of Lugansk, said security spokesman Andriy Lysenko, the same day a Ukrainian war plane was downed near the city.