Kiev says military plane downed by shots 'likely' from Russia

Fragments of a Ukrainian AN-26 transport aircraft are seen near the village of Davido-Nikolsk, in Ukraine's Lugansk region, on July 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Stephane Orjollet) (AFP)

Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian authorities on Monday said they were in contact with the crew of a military plane downed in the east of the country and claimed the shots that hit it likely came from Russia.

"Crew members from an AN-26 plane... that was shot down have established contact with the general staff," a statement on the website of the Ukrainian presidency said, adding that only missiles "likely from the territory of the Russian Federation" would have been able to reach it at the altitude it was flying.