Ukraine: Rocket shot down plane near Russian border

A Donetsk People's Republic fighter stands guard during a pro-Russian meeting in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 13, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents last week retreated from the strategic city of Slovyansk and holed up in Donetsk, a city of one million, and potentially the final frontier for the rebels. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Donetsk People's Republic fighter stands guard during a pro-Russian meeting in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 13, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents last week retreated from the strategic city of Slovyansk and holed up in Donetsk, a city of one million, and potentially the final frontier for the rebels. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Defense Minister says a military plane has been shot down along the country’s eastern border with Russia.

Rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26 but Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said the rocket may have been fired from Russia.

Heletey said the plane was flying at an altitude too high to be reached by the weapons used by the separatist pro-Russia rebels who are fighting government troops.

Authorities say plane may have been carrying around 20 people.

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