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Russia on Thursday dismissed as absurd Kiev's claims that it had shot down a Ukrainian warplane over its territory, a move that led to a fresh spike in tensions between the two ex-Soviet states.
"This is absurd, just like all previous accusations against the Russian defense ministry by Kiev authorities," an unidentified high-ranking representative of the defense ministry told the Interfax news agency.
Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council said on Twitter that a military plane from the Russian air force carried out a rocket strike on a Ukrainian airforce SU-25 over Ukraine on Wednesday.
The pilot of the downed fighter jet managed to eject and was later evacuated by Ukrainian forces, the military said.