Rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet over east Ukraine: Kiev

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Smoke billows from the flaming debris of a crashed Ukrainian fighter jet near the village of Zhdanivka, some 40 kilometres northeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on August 7, 2014
Smoke billows from the flaming debris of a crashed Ukrainian fighter jet near the village of Zhdanivka, some 40 kilometres northeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on August 7, 2014 (AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Kiev (AFP) - Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet over the war-torn east of the country, a military spokesman told AFP.

"In the course of an assignment to eliminate a large group of terrorists, a MiG-29 was shot down this morning in Lugansk region," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin said.

He added that the pilot parachuted out and was rescued by Ukrainian forces.