UPDATED: One killed in transport plane crash in southern Ukraine

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KYIV, April 22 (Reuters) – One person was killed and two were injured when a Ukrainian AN-26 transport plane crashed during a “technical flight” in the Zaporizhzhia region of southern Ukraine on Friday, local authorities said.

The Zaporizhzhia regional administration said that, according to preliminary and unconfirmed information, the plane hit an electricity pole and the engine caught fire.

  •  Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to blockade the Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine likely indicates a desire to contain resistance in Mariupol, a British military update said on Friday.

“A full ground assault by Russia on the plant would likely incur significant Russian casualties, further decreasing their overall combat effectiveness,” the update added.

Heavy shelling continued in the eastern Donbas as Russia seeks to advance further towards settlements, including Krasnyy Lyman, Buhayikva, Barvinkove, Lyman and Popasna, the UK Ministry of Defence tweeted in a regular bulletin.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

A file photo of an AN-26 via FSB Photo Boksi – via Wikimedia Commons

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