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Russia believes missile fragments found at site where plane crashed in Belgorod

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Fragments of what appears to be a missile have been found at the site where a Russian military plane crashed in the Belgorod region, the TASS news agency cited emergency services as saying on Thursday.

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Moscow accuses Kyiv of downing the Ilyushin Il-76 plane in Russia's Belgorod region, killing all 74 people on board, including 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers en route to be swapped for Russian POWs.

Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied that assertion, but challenged details of Moscow's account.

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Conflicting narratives from both sides are a daily feature of a war now nearing the end of its second year.

But the stakes are especially high in relation to Wednesday’s incident, the deadliest of its kind to take place on Russia’s own internationally recognised territory.

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