July 18, 2014
NATO General Warned of Russian ‘Anti-Aircraft’ Training for Separatists
By Luis Martinez, ABC News
"What we see in training on the east side of the border is big equipment, tanks, APCs, anti-aircraft capability, and now we see those capabilities being used on the west side of the border," Breedlove said at the time. He added that the anti-aircraft capability training focused on larger vehicle-borne missiles instead of portable MANPADS.
"We have not seen training of MANPADS," Breedlove told reporters. "But we have seen vehicle-borne capability being trained."
U.S. officials say an Antonov-26 cargo plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Monday was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
On Wednesday, a senior administration official said the AN-26 aircraft "was shot down from an altitude of 21,000 feet, with eight crew on board. And only very sophisticated weapons systems would be able to reach this height."