Rebels confirm downing of two Ukrainian fighter jets

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 12:32 PM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Just 20 miles from the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane wreckage, pro-Russia rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets today. The separatists say one of the pilots was killed, and another is being sought by rebel fighters.

The insurgents deny having missiles that could hit a jetliner at cruising altitude, but they say they do have ground-to-air missiles that could hit targets as high as 11,500 feet.

In fighting on the ground, meanwhile, a rebel leader writes on Facebook that his men have retreated from two villages on the Russian border about 30 miles from the scene of the crash. He says 30 rebels have been injured.

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