US service member killed in fighter crash in Ukraine

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<pA U.S. military service member was killed in the crashUkraine on Tuesday. A Ukrainian Air Force pilot was also killed during what the Ukrainian Defense Ministry called “a training and combat flight.”

<pThe Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement that an SU-27 fighter jet had crashed Tuesday afternoon "in the area of Ulanov, between the settlements of Berdychiv and Khmilnyk."

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<pAccording to an English translation of the statement "the airplane Su-27UB of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has crashed during the training and combat flight."

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<p"We regret to report that according to the information of the search and rescue team, the bodies of two pilots have been found," said the statement.

<pU.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) confirmed that an American military service member was aboard the Ukrainian Air Force SU-27 that crashed.

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<p“We have seen reports claiming a U.S. casualty and can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident," said a USAFE spokesperson. "It is currently under investigation and we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.”

<pU.S. Air Force pilots are currently in Ukraine participating in a large-scale multi-national aviation exercise known as "Clear Sky" involving close to 1,000 personnel from NATO countries.