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    Ukraine Investigates Incident that Killed 3 Pilots While Russia Attacks with Cruise Missiles

    Ukraine Investigates Incident that Killed 3 Pilots While Russia Attacks with Cruise Missiles

    KYIV, — Ukrainian authorities have launched an investigation after a midair collision between two warplanes in the west of the country killed three pilots.

    Ukraine's force spokesman Yuri Ihnat told Ukrainian television on Sunday it wasn't immediately clear how long the probe would take.

    According to the air force's Telegram page, two L-39 training aircraft collided on Friday during a combat mission over Ukraine's western Zhytomyr region. Three pilots were killed, including Andriy Pilshchykov, a well-known pilot with the nickname “Juice” who was an outspoken advocate for Ukraine getting F-16 fighter jets.

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his nightly address on Saturday paid tribute to Pilshchykov, describing him as a “Ukrainian officer, one of those who helped our country a lot.”

    Ukraine's Vasilkiv tactical aviation brigade on Sunday identified the other two pilots killed in the collision as Viacheslav Minka and Serhiy Prokazin.

    Russian forces, in the meantime, targeted central and northern regions of Ukraine with cruise missiles overnight. Ukraine's air force on Sunday reported air defenses successfully intercepted four of them. In the Kyiv region surrounding the Ukrainian capital, the falling debris damaged a dozen private homes and wounded two people, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said.

    's Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday that it targeted — and successfully hit — an…

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