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Russian military jets collide over Sea of Japan

Russian Su-34s flying over the 2014 Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow (

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Two Russian jets have collided in midair in the Far East, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

In a statement on January 18, the Russian military said that two Su-34 jets were performing training flights when they came into contact about 35 kilometers from the shore in the Sea of Japan.

Both crews ejected from their aircraft but it was not immediately clear where they were. Rescue crews have been dispatched to the area. There was no immediate information about the fate of the jets.

The Russian military said the fighter jets were not carrying missiles.