According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, an Antonov An-26 transport plane was targeted by Russian anti-aircraft fire near the Odeske gas field on the Black Sea.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s press secretary was quick to confirm what it referred to as “an attempt by the Russian side to fire on a Ukrainian An-26 transport plane, which had a training flight in Ukraine’s maritime economic zone over the Black Sea on Wednesday, February 1.”
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters said: “All the statements by the Ukrainian side that the An-26 plane was allegedly fired at are an absolute lie,”
The spokesman added that a Ukrainian Antonov An-26 plane made two ‘provocative’ passes at an extremely low altitude near Russian drilling towers in the Black Sea.
According to the Russian side of the story, the oil rigs’ security guards did not open fire at the plane but gave it flash signals to prevent its collision with the drilling tower, the spokesman said.
This comes amid increased tension between Ukraine and Russian-backed fighters in eastern Ukraine.