A military cargo plane on Tuesday has crashed at the Russian air base in Syria, killing all 32 people onboard. The Defense Ministry says the An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the runway. The military blamed the crash on a technical error.
Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases a military base in Syria near the Mediterranean coast.
Earlier in the day, U.N. war crimes investigators say a Russian plane was apparently behind a deadly airstrike in November in Syria's Idlib province that killed 84 people at a marketplace, an attack which could amount to a war crime.
(More details are awaited)