Japan monitoring probe into downed Il-76 plane, Foreign Minister says

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa

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# 26 January 2024 15:28 (UTC +04:00)

Japan is monitoring the investigation into Wednesday’s downing of a Russian Il-76 military plane by the Ukrainian armed forces, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said at a news conference, APA reports citing TASS.

"As we understand it, information about this incident is still being collected, including by Russia. As the government of Japan, we will closely monitor developments surrounding this case, including as regards an international probe," Japan’s top diplomat told reporters. At the same time, she has said that Russia is somehow responsible for the situation around the downing of the aircraft as long as it continues its war in Ukraine.

Note that on January 24 Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian Il-76 military transport aircraft that was carrying captured Ukrainian soldiers for exchange. All 74 people onboard, including 65 Ukrainians, were killed in the incident.