Black smoke billows following a mortar attack during fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian fighters in Luhansk, Ukraine, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo, Yuri Snegirev, Rossiyiskaya Gazeta)
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Ukraine Monday accused Russian army officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border.A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight people near the border was probably fired from Russia, Ukrainian officials said.President Petro Poroshenko held an emergency meeting of his security chiefs after a weekend of Ukrainian airstrikes on rebel positions near the border with Russia and charges by Moscow that Kiev killed a Russian man with a cross-border shell.As military action continued Monday near the rebel-controlled border town of Luhansk, Ukraine's defense minister said a Ukrainian AN-26 transport plane, taking part in the military campaign against the rebels, had been shot down by a rocket which was "probably" fired from Russian territory.
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